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Documentation: fix the VM knobs descritpion WRT pdflush

The pdflush thread is long gone, however we still mention it incorrectly in the
kernel documentation. This patch fixes the situation.

Cc: Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@xenotime.net>
Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <artem.bityutskiy@linux.intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
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dedekind authored and Al Viro committed Jul 25, 2012
1 parent 34e5053 commit 6601fac822778aa6003aed37d8ba7acdc9a4f369
Showing with 13 additions and 13 deletions.
  1. +6 −6 Documentation/laptops/laptop-mode.txt
  2. +7 −7 Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt
@@ -262,9 +262,9 @@ MINIMUM_BATTERY_MINUTES=10
#
# Allowed dirty background ratio, in percent. Once DIRTY_RATIO has been
-# exceeded, the kernel will wake pdflush which will then reduce the amount
-# of dirty memory to dirty_background_ratio. Set this nice and low, so once
-# some writeout has commenced, we do a lot of it.
+# exceeded, the kernel will wake flusher threads which will then reduce the
+# amount of dirty memory to dirty_background_ratio. Set this nice and low,
+# so once some writeout has commenced, we do a lot of it.
#
#DIRTY_BACKGROUND_RATIO=5
@@ -384,9 +384,9 @@ CPU_MAXFREQ=${CPU_MAXFREQ:-'slowest'}
#
# Allowed dirty background ratio, in percent. Once DIRTY_RATIO has been
-# exceeded, the kernel will wake pdflush which will then reduce the amount
-# of dirty memory to dirty_background_ratio. Set this nice and low, so once
-# some writeout has commenced, we do a lot of it.
+# exceeded, the kernel will wake flusher threads which will then reduce the
+# amount of dirty memory to dirty_background_ratio. Set this nice and low,
+# so once some writeout has commenced, we do a lot of it.
#
DIRTY_BACKGROUND_RATIO=${DIRTY_BACKGROUND_RATIO:-'5'}
@@ -76,8 +76,8 @@ huge pages although processes will also directly compact memory as required.
dirty_background_bytes
-Contains the amount of dirty memory at which the pdflush background writeback
-daemon will start writeback.
+Contains the amount of dirty memory at which the background kernel
+flusher threads will start writeback.
Note: dirty_background_bytes is the counterpart of dirty_background_ratio. Only
one of them may be specified at a time. When one sysctl is written it is
@@ -89,7 +89,7 @@ other appears as 0 when read.
dirty_background_ratio
Contains, as a percentage of total system memory, the number of pages at which
-the pdflush background writeback daemon will start writing out dirty data.
+the background kernel flusher threads will start writing out dirty data.
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@@ -112,9 +112,9 @@ retained.
dirty_expire_centisecs
This tunable is used to define when dirty data is old enough to be eligible
-for writeout by the pdflush daemons. It is expressed in 100'ths of a second.
-Data which has been dirty in-memory for longer than this interval will be
-written out next time a pdflush daemon wakes up.
+for writeout by the kernel flusher threads. It is expressed in 100'ths
+of a second. Data which has been dirty in-memory for longer than this
+interval will be written out next time a flusher thread wakes up.
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@@ -128,7 +128,7 @@ data.
dirty_writeback_centisecs
-The pdflush writeback daemons will periodically wake up and write `old' data
+The kernel flusher threads will periodically wake up and write `old' data
out to disk. This tunable expresses the interval between those wakeups, in
100'ths of a second.

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