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SubjectRe: [patch 6/7 -mm] oom: avoid oom killer for lowmem allocations
On Wed, 10 Feb 2010 08:32:21 -0800 (PST)
David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com> wrote:

> If memory has been depleted in lowmem zones even with the protection
> afforded to it by /proc/sys/vm/lowmem_reserve_ratio, it is unlikely that
> killing current users will help. The memory is either reclaimable (or
> migratable) already, in which case we should not invoke the oom killer at
> all, or it is pinned by an application for I/O. Killing such an
> application may leave the hardware in an unspecified state and there is
> no guarantee that it will be able to make a timely exit.
>
> Lowmem allocations are now failed in oom conditions so that the task can
> perhaps recover or try again later. Killing current is an unnecessary
> result for simply making a GFP_DMA or GFP_DMA32 page allocation and no
> lowmem allocations use the now-deprecated __GFP_NOFAIL bit so retrying is
> unnecessary.
>
> Previously, the heuristic provided some protection for those tasks with
> CAP_SYS_RAWIO, but this is no longer necessary since we will not be
> killing tasks for the purposes of ISA allocations.
>
> Signed-off-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>

From viewpoint of panic-on-oom lover, this patch seems to cause regression.
please do this check after sysctl_panic_on_oom == 2 test.
I think it's easy. So, temporary Nack to this patch itself.


And I think calling notifier is not very bad in the situation.
==
void out_of_memory()
..snip..
blocking_notifier_call_chain(&oom_notify_list, 0, &freed);


So,

if (sysctl_panic_on_oom == 2) {
dump_header(NULL, gfp_mask, order, NULL);
panic("out of memory. Compulsory panic_on_oom is selected.\n");
}

if (gfp_zone(gfp_mask) < ZONE_NORMAL) /* oom-kill is useless if lowmem is exhausted. */
return;

is better. I think.

Thanks,
-Kame


> ---
> mm/page_alloc.c | 3 +++
> 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
> --- a/mm/page_alloc.c
> +++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
> @@ -1914,6 +1914,9 @@ rebalance:
> * running out of options and have to consider going OOM
> */
> if (!did_some_progress) {
> + /* The oom killer won't necessarily free lowmem */
> + if (high_zoneidx < ZONE_NORMAL)
> + goto nopage;
> if ((gfp_mask & __GFP_FS) && !(gfp_mask & __GFP_NORETRY)) {
> if (oom_killer_disabled)
> goto nopage;
> --
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