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SubjectRe: __vmalloc with GFP_ATOMIC causes 'sleeping from invalid context'
Giridhar Pemmasani wrote:
> On Mon, 22 May 2006 11:53:55 +1000, Nick Piggin <> said:
> > Giridhar Pemmasani wrote:
> >> If __vmalloc is called in atomic context with GFP_ATOMIC flags,
> >> __get_vm_area_node is called, which calls kmalloc_node with
> >> GFP_KERNEL flags. This causes 'sleeping function called from
> >> invalid context at mm/slab.c:2729' with 2.6.16-rc4 kernel. A
> >> simple solution is to use
> > I can't see what would cause this in either 2.6.16-rc4 or
> > 2.6.17-rc4. What is the line?
> If someone calls __vmalloc in atomic context (with GFP_ATOMIC flags):

OK I misunderstood your comment. I was looking for the caller.
Hmm, page_alloc.c does, but I don't know that it needs to be
atomic -- what happens if we just make that allocation GFP_KERNEL?

SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.
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