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    SubjectRe: [PROBLEM] 2.6.22-rc2 panics on x86-64 with slub
    I finally figured out the second issue. Took some time to get that figure 
    out. Sorry. But now all the bug reports make sense.

    Here is the fix

    SLUB: Fix NUMA / SYSFS bootstrap issue

    The kmem_cache_node cache is very special because it is needed for
    NUMA bootstrap. Under certain conditions (like for example if lockdep is
    enabled and significantly increases the size of spinlock_t) the structure
    may become exactly the size as one of the larger caches in the kmalloc array.

    That early during bootstrap we cannot perform merging properly. The unique
    id for the kmem_cache_node cache will match one of the kmalloc array. Sysfs
    will complain about a duplicate directory entry. All of this occurs while
    the console is not yet fully operational. Thus boot may appear to be
    silently failing.

    The kmem_cache_node cache is very special. During early boostrap the main
    allocation function is not operational yet and so we have to run our
    own small special alloc function during early boot. It is also special in
    that it is never freed.

    We really do not want any merging on that cache. Set the refcount -1 and
    forbid merging of slabs that have a negative refcount.

    Signed-off-by: Christoph Lameter <>

    mm/slub.c | 7 +++++++
    1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

    Index: slub/mm/slub.c
    --- slub.orig/mm/slub.c 2007-05-25 18:28:42.000000000 -0700
    +++ slub/mm/slub.c 2007-05-25 18:29:46.000000000 -0700
    @@ -2473,6 +2473,7 @@ void __init kmem_cache_init(void)
    create_kmalloc_cache(&kmalloc_caches[0], "kmem_cache_node",
    sizeof(struct kmem_cache_node), GFP_KERNEL);
    + kmalloc_caches[0].refcount = -1;

    /* Able to allocate the per node structures */
    @@ -2520,6 +2521,12 @@ static int slab_unmergeable(struct kmem_
    if (s->ctor)
    return 1;

    + /*
    + * We may have set a slab to be unmergeable during bootstrap.
    + */
    + if (s->refcount < 0)
    + return 1;
    return 0;

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