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[v2] doc: add description to dirtytime_expire_seconds

Message ID 1529366358-67312-1-git-send-email-yang.shi@linux.alibaba.com (mailing list archive)
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Yang Shi June 18, 2018, 11:59 p.m. UTC
commit 1efff914afac8a965ad63817ecf8861a927c2ace ("fs: add
dirtytime_expire_seconds sysctl") introduced dirtytime_expire_seconds
knob, but there is not description about it in

Add the description for it.

Cc: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu>
Signed-off-by: Yang Shi <yang.shi@linux.alibaba.com>
v1 --> v2: Rephrased the description per Nikolay Borisov's comment

I didn't dig into the old review discussion about why the description
was not added at the first place. I'm supposed every knob under /proc/sys
should have a brief description.

 Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt | 13 +++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 13 insertions(+)
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diff --git a/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt b/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt
index 17256f2..b078baf 100644
--- a/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt
+++ b/Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt
@@ -27,6 +27,7 @@  Currently, these files are in /proc/sys/vm:
 - dirty_bytes
 - dirty_expire_centisecs
 - dirty_ratio
+- dirtytime_expire_seconds
 - dirty_writeback_centisecs
 - drop_caches
 - extfrag_threshold
@@ -178,6 +179,18 @@  The total available memory is not equal to total system memory.
+When a lazytime inode is constantly having its pages dirtied, the inode with
+an updated timestamp will never get chance to be written out.  And, if the
+only thing that has happened on the file system is a dirtytime inode caused
+by an atime update, a worker will be scheduled to make sure that inode
+eventually gets pushed out to disk.  This tunable is used to define when dirty
+inode is old enough to be eligible for writeback by the kernel flusher threads.
+And, it is also used as the interval to wakeup dirtytime_writeback thread.
 The kernel flusher threads will periodically wake up and write `old' data