Re: [PATCH 00/13] mm: clean up some lru related pieces

From: Yu Zhao
Date: Fri Sep 18 2020 - 05:36:40 EST

On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 09:45:49AM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 17-09-20 21:00:38, Yu Zhao wrote:
> > Hi Andrew,
> >
> > I see you have taken this:
> > mm: use add_page_to_lru_list()/page_lru()/page_off_lru()
> > Do you mind dropping it?
> >
> > Michal asked to do a bit of additional work. So I thought I probably
> > should create a series to do more cleanups I've been meaning to.
> >
> > This series contains the change in the patch above and goes a few
> > more steps farther. It's intended to improve readability and should
> > not have any performance impacts. There are minor behavior changes in
> > terms of debugging and error reporting, which I have all highlighted
> > in the individual patches. All patches were properly tested on 5.8
> > running Chrome OS, with various debug options turned on.
> >
> > Michal,
> >
> > Do you mind taking a looking at the entire series?
> I have stopped at patch 3 as all patches until then are really missing
> any justification. What is the point for all this to be done? The code
> is far from trivial and just shifting around sounds like a risk. You are

I appreciate your caution, and if you let me know what exactly your
concerns are, we could probably work them out together.

> removing ~50 LOC which is always nice but I am not sure the resulting
> code is better maintainble or easier to read and understand. Just
> consider __ClearPageLRU moving to page_off_lru patch. What is the
> additional value of having the flag moved and burry it into a function
> to have even more side effects? I found the way how __ClearPageLRU is

Mind elaborating the side effects?

> nicely close to removing it from LRU easier to follow. This is likely
> subjective and other might think differently but as it is not clear what
> is your actual goal here it is hard to judge pros and cons.

I like this specific example from patch 3. Here is what it does: we
have three places using the same boilerplate, i.e., page_off_lru() +
__ClearPageLRU(), the patch moves __ClearPageLRU() into page_off_lru(),
which already does __ClearPageActive() and __ClearPageUnevictable().
Later on, we rename page_off_lru() to __clear_page_lru_flags() (patch

Its point seems quite clear to me. Why would *anybody* want to use
two helper functions *repeatedly* when the job can be done with just
one? Nobody is paid by the number of lines they add, right? :) And
for that matter, why would anybody want any boilerplate to be open
coded from the same group of helper functions arranged in various
ways? I don't think the answer is subjective, but I don't expect
everybody to agree with me.

Now back to your general question: what's the point of this series?
Readability -- less error prone and easier to maintain. This series
consolidate open-coded boilerplate like the following in many places.
Take lru_lazyfree_fn() as an example:

- bool active = PageActive(page);
int nr_pages = thp_nr_pages(page);

- del_page_from_lru_list(page, lruvec,
- LRU_INACTIVE_ANON + active);
+ del_page_from_lru_list(page, lruvec);
- add_page_to_lru_list(page, lruvec, LRU_INACTIVE_FILE);
+ add_page_to_lru_list(page, lruvec);

I hope this helps, but if it doesn't, I'd be more than happy to have
more discussions on the details. And not that I don't appreciate your
review, but please be more specific than 'sounds like a risk' or 'have
even more side effects' so I can address your concerns effectively.