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Re: [RFCv2 3/6] mm: introduce MADV_PAGEOUT

On Fri 31-05-19 15:43:10, Minchan Kim wrote:
> When a process expects no accesses to a certain memory range
> for a long time, it could hint kernel that the pages can be
> reclaimed instantly but data should be preserved for future use.
> This could reduce workingset eviction so it ends up increasing
> performance.
> This patch introduces the new MADV_PAGEOUT hint to madvise(2)
> syscall. MADV_PAGEOUT can be used by a process to mark a memory
> range as not expected to be used for a long time so that kernel
> reclaims the memory instantly. The hint can help kernel in deciding
> which pages to evict proactively.

Again, are there any restictions on what kind of memory can be paged out?
Private/Shared, anonymous/file backed. Any restrictions on mapping type.
Etc. Please make sure all that is in the changelog.

What are the failure modes? E.g. what if the swap is full, does the call
fails or it silently ignores the error?

Michal Hocko