mm: remove likely() from grab_cache_page_write_begin()
Steven Rostedt [Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:46:18 +0000 (15:46 -0800)]
Running the annotated branch profiler on a box doing average work
(firefox, evolution, xchat, distcc farm), the likely() used in
grab_cache_page_write_begin() was incorrect most of the time:

 correct incorrect  %        Function                  File              Line
 ------- ---------  -        --------                  ----              ----
 1924262 71332401  97 grab_cache_page_write_begin    filemap.c           2206

Adding a trace_printk() and running the function tracer limited to
just this function I can see:

        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268935: grab_cache_page_write_begin: page=          (null) mapping=ffff8800676a9460 index=7
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268946: grab_cache_page_write_begin <-ext3_write_begin
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268947: grab_cache_page_write_begin: page=          (null) mapping=ffff8800676a9460 index=8
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268959: grab_cache_page_write_begin <-ext3_write_begin
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268960: grab_cache_page_write_begin: page=          (null) mapping=ffff8800676a9460 index=9
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268972: grab_cache_page_write_begin <-ext3_write_begin
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268973: grab_cache_page_write_begin: page=          (null) mapping=ffff8800676a9460 index=10
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268991: grab_cache_page_write_begin <-ext3_write_begin
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.268992: grab_cache_page_write_begin: page=          (null) mapping=ffff8800676a9460 index=11
        gconfd-2-2696  [000]  4467.269005: grab_cache_page_write_begin <-ext3_write_begin

Which shows that a lot of calls from ext3_write_begin will result in the
page returned by "find_lock_page" will be NULL.

Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
Acked-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

mm/filemap.c

index b4ad8e3..83a45d3 100644 (file)
@@ -2227,7 +2227,7 @@ struct page *grab_cache_page_write_begin(struct address_space *mapping,
                gfp_notmask = __GFP_FS;
 repeat:
        page = find_lock_page(mapping, index);
-       if (likely(page))
+       if (page)
                return page;
 
        page = __page_cache_alloc(mapping_gfp_mask(mapping) & ~gfp_notmask);