Re: [PATCH] mm/slab: add new flag SLAB_NO_MERGE to avoid merging per slab

From: David Sterba
Date: Thu May 25 2023 - 08:11:56 EST

On Wed, May 24, 2023 at 03:53:11PM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 5/24/23 14:56, Hyeonggon Yoo wrote:
> > On Wed, May 24, 2023 at 12:17:48PM +0200, David Sterba wrote:
> > work for your use case? (there are some boot-time slub_debug options described in
> > Documentation/mm/slub.rst)
> Yeah, it supports globbing so it would be e.g. slub_debug=N,btrfs*
> That would deal with the "too coarse" aspect slab_nomerge. As for "need to
> be enabled on all testing hosts", is it more convenient to deploy a debug
> kernel build on them? Might be because you do that for other reasons
> already? Just want to clarify.

Yeah, agreed.

> BTW this was proposed as RFC few months ago but not pursued:
> I have no big objections, just wouldn't like to see its usage proliferate
> unconditionally into non-debug builds.

It would be fine for me to make it conditionally available, e.g.
depending on SLUB_DEBUG.