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SubjectRe: possible (ext4 related?) memory leak in kernel 2.6.26
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On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 10:27:29PM +0200, Quentin Godfroy wrote:
> Hi lists,
> I'd like to report the following problem : after ~ 10 days' uptime on a
> Debian 2.6.26-1-686 kernel, my system becomes extremely sluggish and
> unresponsive and the OOM-killer starts targeting even innocent processes like
> identd or rsync (when the swap is disabled). The machine is low on RAM (192
> MB) but this has never been a problem before. As for the slowness, strace
> shows that the brk() syscall takes ages to complete; the blocking processes
> are in the D state (and for some reason the kernel gives no wchan info).
>
> Config has nothing unusual except that all fs are ext4, which I am begining
> to suspect may be the culprit, as every night some process stat()s and
> read()s something like 850,000 files, which is maybe fs-stressing; also,
> umounting then remounting /home makes the 'buffers' drop from 127304 to
> 55920 and partially solves the problem.
>
> Free reports a large and constantly growing 'buffers' figure (more than
> 50% of the available memory). No userland processes seems to be consuming
> lare amounts of memory (sum of RSS in 'ps aux' is about 30 megs), and the
> overall system is mostly idle.
>
> for instance, the following command reports
>
> $ free ; dpkg -l '*' >/dev/null; dmesg | tail -n 2
> total used free shared buffers cached
> Mem: 190356 178920 11436 0 126104 12520
> -/+ buffers/cache: 40296 150060
> Swap: 0 0 0
> /* Waits a minute or so */
> Killed
> [811245.911859] Out of memory: kill process 6639 (dpkg-query) score 7292 or a child
> [811245.911972] Killed process 6639 (dpkg-query)
>

Can you send the output of /proc/meminfo and /proc/slabinfo?

- Ted


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