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SubjectRe: 2.6 /proc/interrupts fails on systems with many CPUs
On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 11:21:01 -0600 Erik Jacobson <> wrote:

| Howdy.
| On systems with lots of processors (512 for example), catting /proc/interrupts
| fails with a "not enough memory" error.
| This was observed in 2.6.0-test8
| I tracked this down to this in proc_misc.c:
| static int interrupts_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
| {
| unsigned size = 4096 * (1 + num_online_cpus() / 8);
| char *buf = kmalloc(size, GFP_KERNEL);
| The kmalloc fails here.
| I'm looking for suggestions on how to fix this. I came up with one fix
| that seems to work OK for ia64. I have attached it to this message.
| I'm looking for advice on what should be proposed for the real fix.

An alternative is to limit 'size' to a maximum of 128 KB (or whatever
the max. kmalloc() on ia64 is) and continue to use kmalloc().
Does that work for you?

Another alternative is to convert show_interrupts to use a seq_file

MOTD: Always include version info.
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