Re: [PATCH] mm: memcontrol: zap task_struct->memcg_oom_{gfp_mask,order}

From: Vladimir Davydov
Date: Fri Mar 11 2016 - 07:39:21 EST

On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 12:54:50PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Fri 11-03-16 13:12:47, Vladimir Davydov wrote:
> > These fields are used for dumping info about allocation that triggered
> > OOM. For cgroup this information doesn't make much sense, because OOM
> > killer is always invoked from page fault handler.
> The oom killer is indeed invoked in a different context but why printing
> the original mask and order doesn't make any sense? Doesn't it help to
> see that the reclaim has failed because of GFP_NOFS?

I don't see how this can be helpful. How would you use it?

Wouldn't it be better to print err msg in try_charge anyway?

> So it doesn't even seem to save any space in the config I am using. Does
> it shrink the size of the structure for you?

There are several hundred bytes left in task_struct for its size to
exceed 2 pages threshold and hence increase slab order, but it doesn't
mean we don't need to be conservative and do our best to spare some
space for future users that can't live w/o adding new fields.