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Subject[ review 09/28] sparsemem: fix oops in x86_64 show_mem
We aren't sampling for holes in memory. Thus we encounter a section hole with
empty section map pointer for SPARSEMEM and OOPs for show_mem. This issue
has been seen in 2.6.21, current git and current mm. This patch is for
2.6.21 stable. It was tested against sparsemem.

Previous to commit f0a5a58aa812b31fd9f197c4ba48245942364eae memory_present
was called for node_start_pfn to node_end_pfn. This would cover the hole(s)
with reserved pages and valid sections. Most SPARSEMEM supported arches
do a pfn_valid check in show_mem before computing the page structure address.

This issue was brought to my attention on IRC by Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo at Thanks to Arnaldo for testing.

Signed-off-by: Bob Picco <>
Signed-off-by: Chris Wright <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
arch/x86_64/mm/init.c | 2 ++
1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86_64/mm/init.c b/arch/x86_64/mm/init.c
index 2489aa7..e67cc4f 100644
--- a/arch/x86_64/mm/init.c
+++ b/arch/x86_64/mm/init.c
@@ -72,6 +72,8 @@ void show_mem(void)

for_each_online_pgdat(pgdat) {
for (i = 0; i < pgdat->node_spanned_pages; ++i) {
+ if (!pfn_valid(pgdat->node_start_pfn + i))
+ continue;
page = pfn_to_page(pgdat->node_start_pfn + i);
if (PageReserved(page))
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