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SubjectRe: Kernel falls apart under light memory pressure (i.e. linking vmlinux)
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Hi Andrew.

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM, Andrew Lutomirski <luto@mit.edu> wrote:
> On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 8:04 AM, KOSAKI Motohiro
> <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:
>>> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
>>> index 3f44b81..d1dabc9 100644
>>> @@ -1426,8 +1437,13 @@ shrink_inactive_list(unsigned long nr_to_scan,
>>> struct zone *zone,
>>>
>>>        /* Check if we should syncronously wait for writeback */
>>>        if (should_reclaim_stall(nr_taken, nr_reclaimed, priority, sc)) {
>>> +               unsigned long nr_active, old_nr_scanned;
>>>                set_reclaim_mode(priority, sc, true);
>>> +               nr_active = clear_active_flags(&page_list, NULL);
>>> +               count_vm_events(PGDEACTIVATE, nr_active);
>>> +               old_nr_scanned = sc->nr_scanned;
>>>                nr_reclaimed += shrink_page_list(&page_list, zone, sc);
>>> +               sc->nr_scanned = old_nr_scanned;
>>>        }
>>>
>>>        local_irq_disable();
>>>
>>> I just tested 2.6.38.6 with the attached patch.  It survived dirty_ram
>>> and test_mempressure without any problems other than slowness, but
>>> when I hit ctrl-c to stop test_mempressure, I got the attached oom.
>>
>> Minchan,
>>
>> I'm confused now.
>> If pages got SetPageActive(), should_reclaim_stall() should never return true.
>> Can you please explain which bad scenario was happen?
>>
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> static void reset_reclaim_mode(struct scan_control *sc)
>> {
>>        sc->reclaim_mode = RECLAIM_MODE_SINGLE | RECLAIM_MODE_ASYNC;
>> }
>>
>> shrink_page_list()
>> {
>>  (snip)
>>  activate_locked:
>>                SetPageActive(page);
>>                pgactivate++;
>>                unlock_page(page);
>>                reset_reclaim_mode(sc);                  /// here
>>                list_add(&page->lru, &ret_pages);
>>        }
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>>
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> bool should_reclaim_stall()
>> {
>>  (snip)
>>
>>        /* Only stall on lumpy reclaim */
>>        if (sc->reclaim_mode & RECLAIM_MODE_SINGLE)   /// and here
>>                return false;
>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>
> I did some tracing and the oops happens from the second call to
> shrink_page_list after should_reclaim_stall returns true and it hits
> the same pages in the same order that the earlier call just finished
> calling SetPageActive on.  I have *not* confirmed that the two calls
> happened from the same call to shrink_inactive_list, but something's
> certainly wrong in there.
>
> This is very easy to reproduce on my laptop.

I would like to confirm this problem.
Could you show the diff of 2.6.38.6 with current your 2.6.38.6 + alpha?
(ie, I would like to know that what patches you add up on vanilla
2.6.38.6 to reproduce this problem)
I believe you added my crap below patch. Right?

diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index 292582c..69d317e 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -311,7 +311,8 @@ static void set_reclaim_mode(int priority, struct
scan_control *sc,
*/
if (sc->order > PAGE_ALLOC_COSTLY_ORDER)
sc->reclaim_mode |= syncmode;
- else if (sc->order && priority < DEF_PRIORITY - 2)
+ else if ((sc->order && priority < DEF_PRIORITY - 2) ||
+ prioiry <= DEF_PRIORITY / 3)
sc->reclaim_mode |= syncmode;
else
sc->reclaim_mode = RECLAIM_MODE_SINGLE | RECLAIM_MODE_ASYNC;
@@ -1349,10 +1350,6 @@ static inline bool
should_reclaim_stall(unsigned long nr_taken,
if (current_is_kswapd())
return false;

- /* Only stall on lumpy reclaim */
- if (sc->reclaim_mode & RECLAIM_MODE_SINGLE)
- return false;
-
/* If we have relaimed everything on the isolated list, no stall */
if (nr_freed == nr_taken)
return false;

--
Kind regards,
Minchan Kim
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