Commit 1b76b02f authored by Hugh Dickins's avatar Hugh Dickins Committed by Linus Torvalds
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mm: raise MemFree by reverting percpu_pagelist_fraction to 0

Why is there less MemFree than there used to be?  It perturbed a test,
so I've just been bisecting linux-next, and now find the offender went
upstream yesterday.

Commit 93278814

 "mm: fix division by 0 in percpu_pagelist_fraction()"
mistakenly initialized percpu_pagelist_fraction to the sysctl's minimum 8,
which leaves 1/8th of memory on percpu lists (on each cpu??); but most of
us expect it to be left unset at 0 (and it's not then used as a divisor).

  MemTotal: 8061476kB  8061476kB  8061476kB  8061476kB  8061476kB  8061476kB
  Repetitive test with percpu_pagelist_fraction 8:
  MemFree:  6948420kB  6237172kB  6949696kB  6840692kB  6949048kB  6862984kB
  Same test with percpu_pagelist_fraction back to 0:
  MemFree:  7945000kB  7944908kB  7948568kB  7949060kB  7948796kB  7948812kB
Signed-off-by: default avatarHugh Dickins <>
[ We really should fix the crazy sysctl interface too, but that's a
  separate thing - Linus ]
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent d60b9c16
...@@ -105,7 +105,7 @@ unsigned long totalreserve_pages __read_mostly; ...@@ -105,7 +105,7 @@ unsigned long totalreserve_pages __read_mostly;
*/ */
unsigned long dirty_balance_reserve __read_mostly; unsigned long dirty_balance_reserve __read_mostly;
int percpu_pagelist_fraction = 8; int percpu_pagelist_fraction;
gfp_t gfp_allowed_mask __read_mostly = GFP_BOOT_MASK; gfp_t gfp_allowed_mask __read_mostly = GFP_BOOT_MASK;
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