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SubjectRe: [BUG 2.6.30+] e100 sometimes causes oops during resume
On Thursday 17 September 2009, Graham, David wrote:
> Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > On Tuesday 15 September 2009, Karol Lewandowski wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> I'm getting following oops sometimes during resume on my Thinkpad T21
> >> (where "sometimes" means about 10/1 good/bad ratio):
> >>
> >> ifconfig: page allocation failure. order:5, mode:0x8020
> >
> > Well, this only tells you that an attempt to make order 5 allocation failed,
> > which is not unusual at all.
> >
> > Allocations of this order are quite likely to fail if memory is fragmented,
> > the probability of which rises with the number of suspend-resume cycles already
> > carried out.
> >
> > I guess the driver releases its DMA buffer during suspend and attempts to
> > allocate it back on resume, which is not really smart (if that really is the
> > case).
> >
> Yes, we free a 70KB block (0x80 by 0x230 bytes) on suspend and
> reallocate on resume, and so that's an Order 5 request. It looks
> symmetric, and hasn't changed for years. I don't think we are leaking
> memory, which points back to that the memory is too fragmented to
> satisfy the request.
> I also concur that Rafael's commit 6905b1f1 shouldn't change the logic
> in the driver for systems with e100 (like yours Karol) that could
> already sleep, and I don't see anything else in the driver that looks to
> be relevant. I'm expecting that your test result without commit 6905b1f1
> will still show the problem.
> So I wonder if this new issue may be triggered by some other change in
> the memory subsystem ?

I think so. There have been reports about order 2 allocations failing for
2.6.31, so it looks like newer kernels are more likely to expose such problems.

Adding linux-mm to the CC list.


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