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    SubjectRe: [GIT PULL v2] Early SLAB fixes for 2.6.31
    On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:18:31AM +0200, Heiko Carstens wrote:
    > On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 07:16:30PM +0300, Pekka J Enberg wrote:
    > > Hi Linus,
    > >
    > > I dropped the GFP_WAIT conversion patch and added the gfp masking patch
    > > you liked. I tested this on x86-64 with both SLAB and SLUB.
    >
    > Hi Pekka,
    >
    > I tried to convert some of the early allocations on s390. Some callsites
    > however need to have the GFP_DMA flag, since we need to allocate memory below
    > 2GB. Passing GFP_DMA causes this crash:
    >
    > <1>Unable to handle kernel pointer dereference at virtual kernel address fffffffffffff000
    > <4>Oops: 0038 [#1] PREEMPT SMP
    > <4>Modules linked in:
    > <4>CPU: 0 Not tainted 2.6.30-03984-g45e3e19-dirty #233
    > <4>Process swapper (pid: 0, task: 00000000006a2ef0, ksp: 0000000000718000)
    > <4>Krnl PSW : 0700100180000000 00000000000808ee (queue_work_on+0x8e/0xe0)
    > <4> R:0 T:1 IO:1 EX:1 Key:0 M:0 W:0 P:0 AS:0 CC:1 PM:0 EA:3
    > <4>Krnl GPRS: 0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff 0000000000000000 00000000006b8b88
    > <4> 00000000006b8b88 0000000000000001 0000000000000008 0000000000000200
    > <4> 000000003fe28000 0000000000008001 00000000011da730 0000000000717ca0
    > <4> 00000000006b8b88 0000000000488650 0000000000717cd0 0000000000717ca0
    > <4>Krnl Code: 00000000000808de: e310d0000082 xg %r1,0(%r13)
    > <4> 00000000000808e4: eb220003000d sllg %r2,%r2,3
    > <4> 00000000000808ea: b9040034 lgr %r3,%r4
    > <4> >00000000000808ee: e32210000004 lg %r2,0(%r2,%r1)
    > <4> 00000000000808f4: c0e5ffffff28 brasl %r14,80744
    > <4> 00000000000808fa: a7280001 lhi %r2,1
    > <4> 00000000000808fe: e340b0b80004 lg %r4,184(%r11)
    > <4> 0000000000080904: b9140022 lgfr %r2,%r2
    > <4>Call Trace:
    > <4>([<000000003fe28000>] 0x3fe28000)
    > <4> [<0000000000080e96>] queue_work+0x62/0xa4
    > <4> [<0000000000080f26>] schedule_work+0x4e/0x60
    > <4> [<0000000000132f7e>] dma_kmalloc_cache+0x1ca/0x1d0
    > <4> [<00000000001330ae>] get_slab+0x12a/0x130
    > <4> [<00000000001337b6>] __kmalloc+0x5e/0x364
    > <4> [<0000000000739132>] con3215_init+0x1c2/0x2e4
    > <4> [<00000000007333ea>] console_init+0x42/0x5c
    > <4> [<0000000000718e50>] start_kernel+0x53c/0x6b8
    > <4> [<0000000000012020>] _ehead+0x20/0x80
    >
    > I didn't look any deeper into this, but looks to me like doing something like
    > schedule_work() this early isn't ok.
    >
    > This is the conversion that leads to the crash:
    >
    > - alloc_bootmem_low(sizeof(struct raw3215_info));
    > + kzalloc(sizeof(struct raw3215_info), GFP_NOWAIT | GFP_DMA);
    >
    > Might be that I missed something. Maybe some special flag?

    No, just a bug in the conversion.

    If you predicate the schedule_work call on slab_state == SYSFS, then
    it should work (when sysfs comes up later in init, previously added
    slabs will be registered with sysfs).

    Oh, and you'd need to also not pass __SYSFS_ADD_DEFERRED into
    kmem_cache_create in that case too.



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