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ipc: do not use a negative value to re-enable msgmni automatic recomp…
…uting This patch proposes an alternative to the "magical positive-versus-negative number trick" Andrew complained about last week in http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/6/24/418. This had been introduced with the patches that scale msgmni to the amount of lowmem. With these patches, msgmni has a registered notification routine that recomputes msgmni value upon memory add/remove or ipc namespace creation/ removal. When msgmni is changed from user space (i.e. value written to the proc file), that notification routine is unregistered, and the way to make it registered back is to write a negative value into the proc file. This is the "magical positive-versus-negative number trick". To fix this, a new proc file is introduced: /proc/sys/kernel/auto_msgmni. This file acts as ON/OFF for msgmni automatic recomputing. With this patch, the process is the following: 1) kernel boots in "automatic recomputing mode" /proc/sys/kernel/msgmni contains the value that has been computed (depends on lowmem) /proc/sys/kernel/automatic_msgmni contains "1" 2) echo <val> > /proc/sys/kernel/msgmni . sets msg_ctlmni to <val> . de-activates automatic recomputing (i.e. if, say, some memory is added msgmni won't be recomputed anymore) . /proc/sys/kernel/automatic_msgmni now contains "0" 3) echo "0" > /proc/sys/kernel/automatic_msgmni . de-activates msgmni automatic recomputing this has the same effect as 2) except that msg_ctlmni's value stays blocked at its current value) 3) echo "1" > /proc/sys/kernel/automatic_msgmni . recomputes msgmni's value based on the current available memory size and number of ipc namespaces . re-activates automatic recomputing for msgmni. Signed-off-by: Nadia Derbey <Nadia.Derbey@bull.net> Cc: Solofo Ramangalahy <Solofo.Ramangalahy@bull.net> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>
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