mm: remove vmalloc info from /proc/meminfo

From: Dave Jones
Date: Mon Nov 02 2015 - 13:36:46 EST

Reading /proc/meminfo is really slow, as it requires recomputing the
vmalloc data every time, which is a lot of work, when most (all?)
consumers of meminfo don't even care about those statistics.

Linus mentioned[*] that he wanted to just remove these fields
from this file, and just break the ABI if no-one complains
(and if someone does, do some caching here instead, or just printing
the vmalloc fields as zero).

For people wanting the vmalloc stats, /proc/vmallocinfo should be more
interesting anyway.

As it turns out, Facebook also has workloads that were negatively
impacted by this, (while also not caring about the vmalloc info either).

The patch below removes all this unnecessary work.


Signed-off-by: Dave Jones <dsj@xxxxxx>

diff --git a/fs/proc/meminfo.c b/fs/proc/meminfo.c
index d3ebf2e61853..63b990811ef3 100644
--- a/fs/proc/meminfo.c
+++ b/fs/proc/meminfo.c
@@ -11,7 +11,6 @@
#include <linux/swap.h>
#include <linux/vmstat.h>
#include <linux/atomic.h>
-#include <linux/vmalloc.h>
#include <linux/cma.h>
@@ -27,7 +26,6 @@ static int meminfo_proc_show(struct seq_file *m, void *v)
struct sysinfo i;
unsigned long committed;
- struct vmalloc_info vmi;
long cached;
long available;
unsigned long pagecache;
@@ -49,8 +47,6 @@ static int meminfo_proc_show(struct seq_file *m, void *v)
if (cached < 0)
cached = 0;

- get_vmalloc_info(&vmi);
for (lru = LRU_BASE; lru < NR_LRU_LISTS; lru++)
pages[lru] = global_page_state(NR_LRU_BASE + lru);

@@ -132,9 +128,6 @@ static int meminfo_proc_show(struct seq_file *m, void *v)
"WritebackTmp: %8lu kB\n"
"CommitLimit: %8lu kB\n"
"Committed_AS: %8lu kB\n"
- "VmallocTotal: %8lu kB\n"
- "VmallocUsed: %8lu kB\n"
- "VmallocChunk: %8lu kB\n"
"HardwareCorrupted: %5lu kB\n"
@@ -189,10 +182,7 @@ static int meminfo_proc_show(struct seq_file *m, void *v)
- K(committed),
- (unsigned long)VMALLOC_TOTAL >> 10,
- vmi.used >> 10,
- vmi.largest_chunk >> 10
+ K(committed)
, atomic_long_read(&num_poisoned_pages) << (PAGE_SHIFT - 10)
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