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SubjectRe: memleaks, acpi + ext4 + tty
On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 2:50 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez<> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez<> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 9:32 AM, Catalin Marinas<> wrote:
>>> "Luis R. Rodriguez" <> wrote:
>>>> I have an assorted collection of kmemleak reports for acpi, ext4 and
>>>> tty, not sure how to read these yet to fix so figure I'd at least post
>>>> them. To reproduce I can just dd=/dev/zero to some big file and played
>>>> some video.
>>> If you do a few echo scan > /sys/kernel/debug/kmemleak, do they
>>> disappear (i.e. transient false positives)?
>> Sure, I will once on rc8.
>>> Which kernel version is this?
>> v2.6.31-rc7-33172-gf4a9f9a
>> This is from wireless-testing, which has wireless patches on top of
>> rc7. John just rebased to rc8 so will give that a shot at work.
>>>> unreferenced object 0xffff88003e0015c0 (size 64):
>>>>   comm "swapper", pid 1, jiffies 4294892352
>>>>   backtrace:
>>>>     [<ffffffff81121fad>] create_object+0x13d/0x2d0
>>>>     [<ffffffff81122265>] kmemleak_alloc+0x25/0x60
>>>>     [<ffffffff81118a03>] kmem_cache_alloc_node+0x193/0x200
>>>>     [<ffffffff8152509e>] process_zones+0x70/0x1cd
>>>>     [<ffffffff81525230>] pageset_cpuup_callback+0x35/0x92
>>>>     [<ffffffff8152c9b7>] notifier_call_chain+0x47/0x90
>>>>     [<ffffffff81078549>] __raw_notifier_call_chain+0x9/0x10
>>>>     [<ffffffff81523f25>] _cpu_up+0x75/0x130
>>>>     [<ffffffff8152403a>] cpu_up+0x5a/0x6a
>>>>     [<ffffffff8181969e>] kernel_init+0xcc/0x1ba
>>>>     [<ffffffff810130ca>] child_rip+0xa/0x20
>>>>     [<ffffffffffffffff>] 0xffffffffffffffff
>>> Can't really tell. Maybe a false positive caused by kmemleak not
>>> scanning the pgdata node_zones. Can you post your .config file?
>> Sure, attached.
>>>> unreferenced object 0xffff88003cb5f700 (size 64):
>>>>   comm "swapper", pid 1, jiffies 4294892459
>>>>   backtrace:
>>>>     [<ffffffff81121fad>] create_object+0x13d/0x2d0
>>>>     [<ffffffff81122265>] kmemleak_alloc+0x25/0x60
>>>>     [<ffffffff81119f3b>] __kmalloc+0x16b/0x250
>>>>     [<ffffffff812bb549>] kzalloc+0xf/0x11
>>>>     [<ffffffff812bbb53>] acpi_add_single_object+0x58e/0xd3c
>>>>     [<ffffffff812bc51c>] acpi_bus_scan+0x125/0x1af
>>>>     [<ffffffff81842361>] acpi_scan_init+0xc8/0xe9
>>>>     [<ffffffff8184211c>] acpi_init+0x21f/0x265
>>>>     [<ffffffff8100a05b>] do_one_initcall+0x4b/0x1b0
>>>>     [<ffffffff81819736>] kernel_init+0x164/0x1ba
>>>>     [<ffffffff810130ca>] child_rip+0xa/0x20
>>>>     [<ffffffffffffffff>] 0xffffffffffffffff
>>> I get ACPI reports as well and they may be real leaks. However, I
>>> didn't have time to analyse the code (pretty complicated reference
>>> counting).
>> Heh OK thanks for reviewing them though.
>>>> unreferenced object 0xffff880039571800 (size 1024):
>>>>   comm "exe", pid 1168, jiffies 4294893410
>>>>   backtrace:
>>>>     [<ffffffff81121fad>] create_object+0x13d/0x2d0
>>>>     [<ffffffff81122265>] kmemleak_alloc+0x25/0x60
>>>>     [<ffffffff81119f3b>] __kmalloc+0x16b/0x250
>>>>     [<ffffffff811e1d71>] ext4_mb_init+0x1a1/0x590
>>>>     [<ffffffff811d2da3>] ext4_fill_super+0x1df3/0x26c0
>>>>     [<ffffffff8112774f>] get_sb_bdev+0x16f/0x1b0
>>>>     [<ffffffff811c8fd3>] ext4_get_sb+0x13/0x20
>>>>     [<ffffffff81127216>] vfs_kern_mount+0x76/0x180
>>>>     [<ffffffff8112738d>] do_kern_mount+0x4d/0x130
>>>>     [<ffffffff8113fc57>] do_mount+0x307/0x8b0
>>>>     [<ffffffff8114028f>] sys_mount+0x8f/0xe0
>>>>     [<ffffffff81011f02>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
>>>>     [<ffffffffffffffff>] 0xffffffffffffffff
>>> The ext4 reports are real leaks and patch was posted here -
>>> However, it hasn't been merged into
>>> mainline yet (I cc'ed Aneesh).
>>> The patch is merged in my "kmemleak-fixes" branch on
>>> git://
>> Will try to suck them out and try them.
> OK -- tested rc8 + a pull of your tree into mine. The bootup was
> really slow and something was just not going right. After a while
> memleak complained it had 8 kmemleak logs but I was not able to get my
> system usable enough to cat the file.
> In cases like these I wish I would hookup my ctrl-alt-del to kexec() a
> safe kernel.
> After a long period of time it seems X wished it would start, it tried
> and then flashed back to the tty. This kept repeating in a loop.
> I am not sure if the culprit was rc8 or the kmemleak branch merge --
> I'll find out after I boot into rc8 in a few.

rc8 busted my bootup, the issues are present with just
wireless-testing. I highly doubt the issues are wireless-testing
related so I will not bisect there. Since I am unable to get anything
useful from the kernel to determine what may have gone sour, any
suggestions on a path to bisect, or should I just do the whole tree?

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