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SubjectRe: khugepaged: gets stuck when writing to USB flash, 2.6.38-rc2
2011/2/1 Andrea Arcangeli <>:
>> When copying 4GB or more in one go from HDD to Flash, during the
>> copying, fork() and probably other syscalls involving VM start
>> blocking (I first observed the problem in Chrome, which refused to
>> display content in new tabs). When one lets the copying finish, the
>> system returns to a usable state.
>> During the limbo, khugepaged is in D state (uninterruptible sleep).
> That means no hugepage could be allocated. Maybe memory compaction is
> doing an overwork because all pagecache is dirty and can't be
> migrated. This should solve it if it's memory compaction:
> echo never >/sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/defrag
> kswapd state would be interesting too. Can you sysrq+t?

With -rc2, there is

$ ps aux | grep -E "kswap|khugep"
root 474 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S 20:44 0:00 [kswapd0]
root 540 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? DN 20:44 0:00 [khugepaged]

Sysrq-t output is attached.

Good news is, I don't see these issues with -rc3.

Jindrich Makovicka
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