Re: [PATCH v2 6/6] blkcg, memcg: make blkcg depend on memcg on the default hierarchy

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Tue Jul 08 2014 - 17:54:01 EST

Hello, Vivek.

On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 at 03:42:26PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> I have couple questions about new semantics. Following is my
> understanding. Is it right?
> - So after this change one can not use blkio controller on unified
> hiearchy if memory controller is mounted on some other hierarchy
> and is not available for mounting unified hiearchy.

Hmmm? No, the only behavior which changes is when both blkcg and
memcg are mounted on the unified hierarchy. Nothing else changes.
The dependency behavior kicks in iff memcg is available on the unified

> - If blkio controller is enabled on unified hiearchy (memory controller
> implicitly enabled), then one can't mount memory controller on other
> hierarchies without first disabling blkio controller on unified hiearchy.

Yes, blkio needs to be disabled to the root for memcg to be able to
become free. This is an extra restriction but I don't think it's
anything drastic. Once a controller starts being actively used on any
hierarchy, nothing has been guaranteed about when the controller would
become free again even if the whole hierarchy is reduced to the root.


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