Christoph Lameter pointed out that ram disk pages also clutter the LRU
lists. When vmscan finds them dirty and tries to clean them, the ram disk
writeback function just redirties the page so that it goes back onto the
active list. Round and round she goes...
With the ram disk driver [rd.c] replaced by the newer 'brd.c', this is no
longer the case, as ram disk pages are no longer maintained on the lru.
[This makes them unmigratable for defrag or memory hot remove, but that
can be addressed by a separate patch series.] However, the ramfs pages
behave like ram disk pages used to, so:
Define new address_space flag [shares address_space flags member with
mapping's gfp mask] to indicate that the address space contains all
unevictable pages. This will provide for efficient testing of ramfs pages
Also provide wrapper functions to set/test the unevictable state to
minimize #ifdefs in ramfs driver and any other users of this facility.
Set the unevictable state on address_space structures for new ramfs
inodes. Test the unevictable state in page_evictable() to cull
These changes depend on [CONFIG_]UNEVICTABLE_LRU.
[firstname.lastname@example.org: undo the brd.c part]
Signed-off-by: Lee Schermerhorn <email@example.com>
Signed-off-by: Rik van Riel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Debugged-by: Nick Piggin <email@example.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>