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SubjectRe: WARNING: at net/ipv4/tcp_input.c:2173 tcp_mark_head_lost+0x173/0x1a0()
On Fri, 4 Apr 2008, Tony Lill wrote:

> Andrew Morton <> writes:
> > (cc netdev)
> >
> > (and Rafael - I assume 2.6.24 didn't do this..)
> >
> > On Wed, 2 Apr 2008 15:41:37 -0700 "Robin H. Johnson" <> wrote:
> >
> >> (Please CC, not on LKML).
> >>
> >> One of the nodes in my web-serving cluster ( started showing this:
> >>
> >> ------------[ cut here ]------------
> >> WARNING: at net/ipv4/tcp_input.c:2173 tcp_mark_head_lost+0x173/0x1a0()
> >> Modules linked in: lm85 hwmon_vid nfs lockd nfs_acl sunrpc bonding reiserfs k8temp hwmon i2c_nforce2 i2c_core sg
> >> Pid: 32500, comm: php-cgi Not tainted 2.6.25-rc4-git2 #7
> Are you talking about the warning in this particular module, or
> WARNINGS in tcp_input.c (and tcp_output.c) in general. 'Cause I've
> been getting them sporadically since moving from 2.6.23 to 2.6.24.

2.6.22-2.6.23 did have WARNINGs but BUG_ON but I had to back off from that
for NewReno case because it was just hitting it because of some
transitional states (SACK TCP has been under this check since 2.6.22,
before that it just silently corrected incorrect estimates). For 2.6.24
the severity was reduced to WARN_ON to avoid crashing people boxes and
NewReno case was added to the check.

> At least I think that's the timeframe.
> Mar 28 23:42:40 matrix kernel: WARNING: at net/ipv4/tcp_output.c:1799 tcp_simple_retransmit()
> Mar 29 01:03:32 matrix kernel: WARNING: at net/ipv4/tcp_input.c:2413 tcp_fastretrans_alert()
> Mar 29 01:12:41 matrix kernel: WARNING: at net/ipv4/tcp_input.c:1675 tcp_enter_frto()
> Mar 29 03:03:04 matrix kernel: WARNING: at net/ipv4/tcp_input.c:2960 tcp_process_frto()
> Mar 29 03:03:04 matrix kernel: WARNING: at net/ipv4/tcp_input.c:2314 tcp_try_to_open()
> No user visble effects, and no messages since.

In general they're rather harmless (and that combined with the rareness
of it makes people to not very easily report them), a packet burst in the
worst case which nobody usually is able to see (if packets_in_flight ends
up underflowing). Would I not have enabled the tracking, the bugs causing
them now to show up would never have been detected nor fixed (e.g., the
tcp_simple_retransmit bug I found yesterday is a long standing one rather
than regression, also there have been couple of other long standing ones
found earlier which are nowadays fixed).


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