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SubjectRe: System freezes after OOM
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> On Tue, 12 Jul 2016, Michal Hocko wrote:
>
>> On Mon 11-07-16 11:43:02, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
>> [...]
>>> The general problem is that the memory allocator does 16 retries to
>>> allocate a page and then triggers the OOM killer (and it doesn't take into
>>> account how much swap space is free or how many dirty pages were really
>>> swapped out while it waited).
>>
>> Well, that is not how it works exactly. We retry as long as there is a
>> reclaim progress (at least one page freed) back off only if the
>> reclaimable memory can exceed watermks which is scaled down in 16
>> retries. The overal size of free swap is not really that important if we
>> cannot swap out like here due to complete memory reserves depletion:
>> https://okozina.fedorapeople.org/bugs/swap_on_dmcrypt/vmlog-1462458369-00000/sample-00011/dmesg:
>> [ 90.491276] Node 0 DMA free:0kB min:60kB low:72kB high:84kB active_anon:4096kB inactive_anon:4636kB active_file:212kB inactive_file:280kB unevictable:488kB isolated(anon):0kB isolated(file):0kB present:15992kB managed:15908kB mlocked:488kB dirty:276kB writeback:4636kB mapped:476kB shmem:12kB slab_reclaimable:204kB slab_unreclaimable:4700kB kernel_stack:48kB pagetables:120kB unstable:0kB bounce:0kB free_pcp:0kB local_pcp:0kB free_cma:0kB writeback_tmp:0kB pages_scanned:61132 all_unreclaimable? yes
>> [ 90.491283] lowmem_reserve[]: 0 977 977 977
>> [ 90.491286] Node 0 DMA32 free:0kB min:3828kB low:4824kB high:5820kB active_anon:423820kB inactive_anon:424916kB active_file:17996kB inactive_file:21800kB unevictable:20724kB isolated(anon):384kB isolated(file):0kB present:1032184kB managed:1001260kB mlocked:20724kB dirty:25236kB writeback:49972kB mapped:23076kB shmem:1364kB slab_reclaimable:13796kB slab_unreclaimable:43008kB kernel_stack:2816kB pagetables:7320kB unstable:0kB bounce:0kB free_pcp:0kB local_pcp:0kB free_cma:0kB writeback_tmp:0kB pages_scanned:5635400 all_unreclaimable? yes
>>
>> Look at the amount of free memory. It is completely depleted. So it
>> smells like a process which has access to memory reserves has consumed
>> all of it. I suspect a __GFP_MEMALLOC resp. PF_MEMALLOC from softirq
>> context user which went off the leash.
>
> It is caused by the commit f9054c70d28bc214b2857cf8db8269f4f45a5e23. Prior
> to this commit, mempool allocations set __GFP_NOMEMALLOC, so they never
> exhausted reserved memory. With this commit, mempool allocations drop
> __GFP_NOMEMALLOC, so they can dig deeper (if the process has PF_MEMALLOC,
> they can bypass all limits).

I wonder whether commit f9054c70d28bc214 ("mm, mempool: only set
__GFP_NOMEMALLOC if there are free elements") is doing correct thing.
It says

If an oom killed thread calls mempool_alloc(), it is possible that it'll
loop forever if there are no elements on the freelist since
__GFP_NOMEMALLOC prevents it from accessing needed memory reserves in
oom conditions.

but we can allow mempool_alloc(__GFP_NOMEMALLOC) requests to access
memory reserves via below change, can't we? The purpose of allowing
ALLOC_NO_WATERMARKS via TIF_MEMDIE is to make sure current allocation
request does not to loop forever inside the page allocator, isn't it?
Why we need to allow mempool_alloc(__GFP_NOMEMALLOC) requests to use
ALLOC_NO_WATERMARKS when TIF_MEMDIE is not set?

diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
index 6903b69..e4e3700 100644
--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -3439,14 +3439,14 @@ gfp_to_alloc_flags(gfp_t gfp_mask)
} else if (unlikely(rt_task(current)) && !in_interrupt())
alloc_flags |= ALLOC_HARDER;

- if (likely(!(gfp_mask & __GFP_NOMEMALLOC))) {
+ if (!in_interrupt() && unlikely(test_thread_flag(TIF_MEMDIE)))
+ alloc_flags |= ALLOC_NO_WATERMARKS;
+ else if (likely(!(gfp_mask & __GFP_NOMEMALLOC))) {
if (gfp_mask & __GFP_MEMALLOC)
alloc_flags |= ALLOC_NO_WATERMARKS;
else if (in_serving_softirq() && (current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC))
alloc_flags |= ALLOC_NO_WATERMARKS;
- else if (!in_interrupt() &&
- ((current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC) ||
- unlikely(test_thread_flag(TIF_MEMDIE))))
+ else if (!in_interrupt() && (current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC))
alloc_flags |= ALLOC_NO_WATERMARKS;
}
#ifdef CONFIG_CMA
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