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SubjectRe: GFP_ATOMIC page allocation failures.
Dave Jones wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 12:28:16PM +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > On Wednesday 02 April 2008 10:56, Dave Jones wrote:
> > > I found a few ways to cause pages and pages of spew to dmesg
> > > of the following form..
> > >
> > > rhythmbox: page allocation failure. order:3, mode:0x4020
> > > Pid: 4299, comm: rhythmbox Not tainted 2.6.25-0.172.rc7.git4.fc9.x86_64 #1
> > >
> > > Call Trace:
> > > <IRQ> [<ffffffff810862dc>] __alloc_pages+0x3a3/0x3c3
> > > [<ffffffff812a58df>] ? trace_hardirqs_on_thunk+0x35/0x3a
> > > [<ffffffff8109fd94>] alloc_pages_current+0x100/0x109
> > > [<ffffffff810a6fd5>] new_slab+0x4a/0x249
> > > [<ffffffff810a776a>] __slab_alloc+0x251/0x4e0
> > > [<ffffffff8121c322>] ? __netdev_alloc_skb+0x31/0x4f
> > > [<ffffffff810a8736>] __kmalloc_node_track_caller+0x8a/0xe2
> > > [<ffffffff8121c322>] ? __netdev_alloc_skb+0x31/0x4f
> > > [<ffffffff8121b5db>] __alloc_skb+0x6f/0x135
> > > [<ffffffff8121c322>] __netdev_alloc_skb+0x31/0x4f
> > > [<ffffffff8814e5b4>] :e1000e:e1000_alloc_rx_buffers+0xb7/0x1dc
> > > [<ffffffff8814eada>] :e1000e:e1000_clean_rx_irq+0x271/0x307
> > > [<ffffffff8814c71a>] :e1000e:e1000_clean+0x66/0x205
> > > [<ffffffff8121eeb8>] net_rx_action+0xd9/0x20e
> > > [<ffffffff81038757>] __do_softirq+0x70/0xf1
> > > [<ffffffff8100d25c>] call_softirq+0x1c/0x28
> > > [<ffffffff8100e485>] do_softirq+0x39/0x8a
> > > [<ffffffff81038290>] irq_exit+0x4e/0x8f
> > > [<ffffffff8100e781>] do_IRQ+0x145/0x167
> > > [<ffffffff8100c5e6>] ret_from_intr+0x0/0xf
> > > <EOI> [<ffffffff812a5ed8>] ? _spin_unlock_irqrestore+0x42/0x47
> > > [<ffffffff8102a040>] ? __wake_up+0x43/0x50
> > > [<ffffffff81056b7f>] ? wake_futex+0x47/0x53
> > > [<ffffffff810584cf>] ? do_futex+0x697/0xc57
> > > [<ffffffff8102fbc4>] ? hrtick_set+0xa1/0xfc
> > > [<ffffffff81058b84>] ? sys_futex+0xf5/0x113
> > > [<ffffffff810133e7>] ? syscall_trace_enter+0xb5/0xb9
> > > [<ffffffff8100c1d0>] ? tracesys+0xd5/0xda
> > >
> > > Given that we seem to recover from these events without negative effects
> > > (ie, no apps get oom-killed), is there any value to actually flooding
> > > syslog with this stuff ?
> >
> > It's nice to have. Perhaps it could just be hardlimited to print
> > say 10 times, and maybe we could have a vmstat counter to keep
> > count after that.
>
> As an end-user, that's still 10 times too many.
> What is anyone expect to do with these traces ?
>
> multi-page atomic allocations fail sometimes, we shouldn't be
> surprised by this. As long as the code that tries to do them
> is aware of this, is there a problem ?
>
> Dave
>

I agree that this spew is quite excessive, but it's there for a reason.
Some code does *not* handle this failure gracefully, and may put the
machine in a state where it is subsequently unable to report/log errors
from the calling code. If that happens, I'd like to see some sort of
dying gasp.

Limiting this to once per boot should suffice for debugging purposes.
Even if you manage to concoct a bug that always survives the first
failure, you should be able to take the hint when you keep seeing this
in dmesg.

-- Chris


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