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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: SLAB Out-of-memory diagnostics
On Wed, 29 Feb 2012, Rafael Aquini wrote:

> Following the example at mm/slub.c, add out-of-memory diagnostics to the SLAB
> allocator to help on debugging OOM conditions. This patch also adds a new
> sysctl, 'oom_dump_slabs_forced', that overrides the effect of __GFP_NOWARN page
> allocation flag and forces the kernel to report every slab allocation failure.
> An example print out looks like this:
> <snip page allocator out-of-memory message>
> SLAB: Unable to allocate memory on node 0 (gfp=0x11200)
> cache: bio-0, object size: 192, order: 0
> node0: slabs: 3/3, objs: 60/60, free: 0
> Signed-off-by: Rafael Aquini <>

I like it, except for the addition of the sysctl. __GFP_NOWARN is used
for a reason, usually because whatever is allocating memory can gracefully
handle a failure and should not be emitted to the kernel log under any

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