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SubjectRe: [Bug #13319] Page allocation failures with b43 and p54usb
On Sun, 26 Jul 2009, Larry Finger wrote:

> Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > This message has been generated automatically as a part of a report
> > of regressions introduced between 2.6.29 and 2.6.30.
> >
> > The following bug entry is on the current list of known regressions
> > introduced between 2.6.29 and 2.6.30. Please verify if it still should
> > be listed and let me know (either way).
> >
> >
> > Bug-Entry : http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=13319
> > Subject : Page allocation failures with b43 and p54usb
> > Submitter : Larry Finger <Larry.Finger@lwfinger.net>
> > Date : 2009-04-29 21:01 (89 days old)
> > References : http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=124103897101088&w=4
> > http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/6/7/136
> > Handled-By : Johannes Berg <johannes@sipsolutions.net>
>
> This bug was fixed by commit 781b2ba6eb5f22440afac9c79a89ebd6e3674a60
> entitled "SLUB: Out-of-memory diagnostics" by Pekka Enberg
> <penberg@cs.helsinki.fi> and dated Wed Jun 10 18:50:32 2009 +0300.
>

Hmm, I'm remembering differently. I thought the root problem here has
only been fixed in Pekka's slab-2.6.git tree with "slub: add option to
disable higher order debugging slabs" and isn't currently in Linus' tree.

> The fault occurred because when CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG was set, many of the
> memory allocations for wireless buffers were increased from O(0) to
> O(1) causing memory fragmentation, and eventually there were no
> remaining O(1) fragments. This problem is unlikely to affect most
> users as none of the distos turn on the above debug option.
>

It only happens when CONFIG_SLUB_DEBUG_ON is enabled for caches with
sizes that increase as the result of the added metadata.


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