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SubjectRe: Simple script that locks up my box with recent kernels
On Tue, Nov 21 2006, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> I don't think we use any irq-disable locking in the VM itself, but I could
> imagine some nasty situation with the block device layer getting into a
> deadlock with interrupts disabled when it runs out of queue entries and
> cannot allocate more memory..

Not likely. Request allocation is done with GFP_NOIO and backed by a
memory pool, so as long the vm doesn't go totally nuts because
__GFP_WAIT is set, we should be safe there. If it did go crazy, I
suspect a sysrq-t would still work.

If bouncing is involved for swap, we do have a potential deadlock issue
that isn't fixed yet. I just whipped up this completely untested patch,
it should shed some light on that issue.

diff --git a/mm/bounce.c b/mm/bounce.c
index e4b62d2..f75eb37 100644
--- a/mm/bounce.c
+++ b/mm/bounce.c
@@ -20,6 +20,7 @@ #define POOL_SIZE 64
#define ISA_POOL_SIZE 16

static mempool_t *page_pool, *isa_page_pool;
+static struct bio_set *bounce_bio_set;

static __init int init_emergency_pool(void)
@@ -31,6 +32,9 @@ static __init int init_emergency_pool(vo
if (!i.totalhigh)
return 0;

+ bounce_bio_set = bioset_create(1, 1, 0);
+ BUG_ON(!bounce_bio_set);
page_pool = mempool_create_page_pool(POOL_SIZE, 0);
printk("highmem bounce pool size: %d pages\n", POOL_SIZE);
@@ -190,6 +194,11 @@ static int bounce_end_io_read_isa(struct
return 0;

+static void bounce_bio_destructor(struct bio *bio)
+ bio_free(bio, bounce_bio_set);
static void __blk_queue_bounce(request_queue_t *q, struct bio **bio_orig,
mempool_t *pool)
@@ -210,8 +219,10 @@ static void __blk_queue_bounce(request_q
* irk, bounce it
- if (!bio)
- bio = bio_alloc(GFP_NOIO, (*bio_orig)->bi_vcnt);
+ if (!bio) {
+ bio = bio_alloc_bioset(GFP_NOIO, (*bio_orig)->bi_vcnt, bounce_bio_set);
+ bio->bi_destructor = bounce_bio_destructor;
+ }

to = bio->bi_io_vec + i;

Jens Axboe

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