Re: [PATCH 06/11] mm/slab: don't keep free slabs if free_objects exceeds free_limit

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Mon Mar 28 2016 - 21:03:25 EST

On Mon, 28 Mar 2016, js1304@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

> From: Joonsoo Kim <>
> Currently, determination to free a slab is done whenever free object is
> put into the slab. This has a problem that free slabs are not freed
> even if we have free slabs and have more free_objects than free_limit

There needs to be a better explanation here since I do not get why there
is an issue with checking after free if a slab is actually free.

> when processed slab isn't a free slab. This would cause to keep
> too much memory in the slab subsystem. This patch try to fix it
> by checking number of free object after all free work is done. If there
> is free slab at that time, we can free it so we keep free slab as minimal
> as possible.

Ok if we check after free work is done then the number of free slabs may
be higher than the limit set and then we free the additional slabs to get
down to the limit that was set?