Re: [PATCH] [staging][zram] Fix handling of incompressible pages

From: Nitin Gupta
Date: Mon Oct 22 2012 - 17:47:57 EST

On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Greg KH <greg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 05:42:18PM -0700, Nitin Gupta wrote:
>> Change 130f315a (staging: zram: remove special handle of uncompressed page)
>> introduced a bug in the handling of incompressible pages which resulted in
>> memory allocation failure for such pages.
>> When a page expands on compression, say from 4K to 4K+30, we were trying to
>> do zsmalloc(pool, 4K+30). However, the maximum size which zsmalloc can
>> allocate is PAGE_SIZE (for obvious reasons), so such allocation requests
>> always return failure (0).
>> For a page that has compressed size larger than the original size (this may
>> happen with already compressed or random data), there is no point storing
>> the compressed version as that would take more space and would also require
>> time for decompression when needed again. So, the fix is to store any page,
>> whose compressed size exceeds a threshold (max_zpage_size), as-it-is i.e.
>> without compression. Memory required for storing this uncompressed page can
>> then be requested from zsmalloc which supports PAGE_SIZE sized allocations.
>> Lastly, the fix checks that we do not attempt to "decompress" the page which
>> we stored in the uncompressed form -- we just memcpy() out such pages.
> So this fix needs to go to the stable 3.6 release also, right?

Forgot to mention -- yes, this needs to be in 3.6 also.

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