[PATCHES v2 BUG 13865] Properly track the size of talloc objects

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Fri Apr 5 22:09:09 UTC 2019

On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 02:21:55PM -0700, Christof Schmitt via samba-technical wrote:
> Ping. Does anybody want to review? The pipeline now passes.

OK, LGTM and RB+. Feel free to push to master.
Thanks for helping me track down the issues
with it originally.

But we also must think about the effect this
will have on the size settings for the global

Right now we do:

smbd_memcache_ctx = memcache_init(NULL, lp_max_stat_cache_size()*1024);

where max stat cache size = 256.

This means we have a 256k total size global memcache.

Previously we're only storing an 8 byte
pointer (on a 64-bit platform) per talloc
object going into the global cache.

The global memcache is being used for
talloc_caches in:

source3/auth/token_util.c (SINGLETON_CACHE_TALLOC)
source3/lib/username.c (GETPWNAM_CACHE)
source3/locking/share_mode_lock.c (SHARE_MODE_LOCK_CACHE)
source3/passdb/pdb_interface.c (PDB_GETPWSID_CACHE)
source3/smbd/vfs.c (GETWD_CACHE)

The possible increases in size accounting
mostly come from the GETWD_CACHE (current
pathnames up to 4K bytes) and the
3 pathnames here, plus 3 pointers
to possibly large data structures,
guess at 4K each).

That's probably about 16K on average
extra storeage per SHARE_MODE_LOCK_CACHE
and one 4K GETWD_CACHE entry to account
for instead of one 8 byte pointer.

With 100 open files that's approx 200K
more we need to store.

My gut feeling is along with this patch
you need a supplementary patch to change
"max stat cache size = 8*1024"
giving us a 8Mb global memcache
max size per smbd to avoid cache

With 1000 concurrent connections each
with 100 open files that's an max of
8gb of memory for caching, which seems
reasonable to me (NB for interested followers
this memory is *not* allocated on startup,
that's just the max size the cache can
grow to given use over time).

What do you think ? Are my calculations
off or silly ?

Thoughts welcome.


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