Don't trigger congestion wait on dirty-but-not-writeout pages

shrink_inactive_list() used to wait 0.1s to avoid congestion when all
the pages that were isolated from the inactive list were dirty but not
under active writeback.  That makes no real sense, and apparently causes
major interactivity issues under some loads since 3.11.

The ostensible reason for it was to wait for kswapd to start writing
pages, but that seems questionable as well, since the congestion wait
code seems to trigger for kswapd itself as well.  Also, the logic behind
delaying anything when we haven't actually started writeback is not
clear - it only delays actually starting that writeback.

We'll still trigger the congestion waiting if

 (a) the process is kswapd, and we hit pages flagged for immediate

 (b) the process is not kswapd, and the zone backing dev writeback is
     actually congested.

This probably needs to be revisited, but as it is this fixes a reported

Reported-by: Felipe Contreras <>
Pinpointed-by: Hillf Danton <>
Cc: Michal Hocko <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Mel Gorman <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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