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SubjectRe: Freezing bug in all kernels greater than 2.4.5-ac13 *AND* 2.4.6-pre2

On Wed, 27 Jun 2001, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:

> On Wed, 27 Jun 2001 wrote:
> > I decided, for the hell of it, to test the pre series as I've been
> > nudged by many people to try it in favor of the ac kernel series that
> > I've been having problems with. Well, it turns out I have ran into
> > exactly the same problem I had with the ac kernel series, which quite
> > frankly is surprising the hell out of me.
> >
> > To make the kernel freeze/slow down to a crawl with affected kernels on
> > my machine I do this test:
> >
> > Load X (This fills up my ram and causes me to swap a bit)
> > run a rxvt and su to root (proboably unnecessary)
> > du /
> >
> > Now, somewhere in this test I start swapping a little bit, nothing
> > big... then BAM. hard disk, mouse, keyboard, all completely and utterly
> > stop. Video continues to work, but my cpu's load goes absolutely INSANE.
> > (If it recovers, gkrellm generally says I've gotten a loadavg somewhere
> > between 3-20, depending on how long it was stuck) This can last for
> > seconds (usually) minutes (once) or it can simply get worse and hang the
> > machine (many, many many times)
> >
> > When it recovers from this, I generally see a MASSIVE write to swap,
> > (I'm using gkrellm to monitor it) and the system continues on as if
> > nothing happened - until, of course, this happens again. A kernel
> > compile can cause it. a rm -R of a large directory can cause it. Loading
> > a large application can cause it.
> >
> > On some kernels this is more noticable than others - ac15 does it the
> > worst, although pre3 rivals it, and the symptoms are different on
> > ac17/18 - it'll simply freeze randomly and with no recovery instead of
> > sometimes freezing or sometimes slowing down to a crawl and recovering
> > or freezing. (Which is worse? You decide.)
> >
> > Now, as before, I tested this with swap and without swap. With swap, I
> > get the hangs/freezes in all the affected kernels. Without swap, I
> > don't. Nada.
> >
> > Now, the big question of the day folks: What changed between 2.4.6-pre2
> > and 2.4.6-pre3 that ALSO changed between 2.4.5-ac13 and 2.4.5-ac14 - and
> > now, what part of those patches were the VM? Anyone? I don't see in
> > 2.4.6-pre3 what changed that was part of the VM... So I am trying to
> > narrow it down a bit :)
> >
> > This bug is driving me slightly nuts, so I want it dead. Anyone got a
> > exterminator handy? =)
> Rik's page_launder() changes.

Eek. I mean Rik's page_launder() changes are _causing_ the problem. (its
the only VM change between 2.4.6-pre2->pre3/2.4.5-ac13->ac14)


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