Re: Locking comment on shrink_caches()

David S. Miller (
Tue, 25 Sep 2001 13:15:28 -0700 (PDT)

From: Marcelo Tosatti <>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 15:40:23 -0300 (BRT)

We can simply lock the pagecachelock and the pagemap_lru_lock at the
beginning of the cleaning function. page_launder() use to do that.

Thats why I asked Andrea if there was long hold times by shrink_caches().

Ok, I see.

I do think it's silly to hold the pagecache_lock during pure scanning
activities of shrink_caches().

It is known that pagecache_lock is the biggest scalability issue on
large SMP systems, and thus the page cache locking patches Ingo and
myself did.

Franks a lot,
David S. Miller
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