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SubjectRe: Early test: hangs in mm/compact.c w. Linus's 12d7aacab56e9ef185c
On 11/04/2014 08:26 AM, P. Christeas wrote:
> TL;DR: I'm testing Linus's 3.18-rcX in my desktop (x86_64, full load),
> experiencing mm races about every day. Current -rc starves the canary of
> stablity
> Will keep testing (should I try some -mm tree, please? ) , provide you
> feedback about the issue.


Please do keep testing (and see below what we need), and don't try
another tree - it's 3.18 we need to fix!

> Not an active kernel-developer.
> Long:
> Since 26 Oct. upgraded my everything-on-it laptop to new distro (systemd -
> based, all new glibc etc.) and switched from 3.17 to 3.18-pre . First time in
> years, kernel got unstable.
> This machine is occasionaly under heavy load, doing I/O and serving random
> desktop applications. (machine is Intel x86_64, dual core, mechanical SATA
> disk).
> Now, I have a race about once a day, have narrowed them down (guess) to:
> [<ffffffff813b1025>] preempt_schedule_irq+0x3c/0x59
> [<ffffffff813b4810>] retint_kernel+0x20/0x30
> [<ffffffff810d7481>] ? __zone_watermark_ok+0x77/0x85
> [<ffffffff810d8256>] zone_watermark_ok+0x1a/0x1c
> [<ffffffff810eee56>] compact_zone+0x215/0x4b2
> [<ffffffff810ef13f>] compact_zone_order+0x4c/0x5f
> [<ffffffff810ef2fe>] try_to_compact_pages+0xc4/0x1e8
> [<ffffffff813ad7f8>] __alloc_pages_direct_compact+0x61/0x1bf
> [<ffffffff810da299>] __alloc_pages_nodemask+0x409/0x799
> [<ffffffff8110d3fd>] new_slab+0x5f/0x21c
> ...

I'm not sure what you mean by "race" here and your snippet is
unfortunately just a small portion of the output which could be a BUG,
OOPS, lockdep, soft-lockup, hardlock and possibly many other things. But
the backtrace itself is not enough, please send the whole error output
(it should stard and end with something like:
-----[ cut here ]------
Thanks in advance.

> Sometimes is a less critical process, that I can safely kill, otherwise I have
> to drop everything and reboot.

OK so the process is not dead due to the problem? That probably rules
out some kinds of errors but we still need the full output. Thanks in

> Unless you are already aware of this case, please accept this feedback.
> I'm pulling from Linus, should I also try some of your trees for an early
> solution?

I'm not aware of this, CCing lkml for wider coverage.

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