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Subject[PATCH 2/4] net/skbuff: warn if kmalloc_reserve() fails to allocate memory.
Commit c93bdd0e03e8 ("netvm: allow skb allocation to use PFMEMALLOC reserves")
removed memory potential allocation failure messages in the cases when
pfmemalloc reserves are not allowed to be used. Inability to allocate
skb usually indicates some problem, e.g. these ones:

commit 5d4c9bfbabdb ("tcp: fix potential huge kmalloc() calls in TCP_REPAIR")
commit 19125c1a4fd8 ("net: use skb_clone to avoid alloc_pages failure.")

It makes sense to bring the warning back to make problems more obvious,
easier to spot. Also neighboring to kmalloc_reserve() allocations often
doesn't add __GFP_NOWARN. For example __alloc_skb():

skb = kmem_cache_alloc_node(cache, gfp_mask & ~__GFP_DMA, node);
data = kmalloc_reserve(size, gfp_mask, node, &pfmemalloc);

It seems unreasonable to allow kmem_cache_alloc_node() to fail loudly but
forbid the same for the kmalloc_reserve().
So, don't add __GFP_NOWARN unless we can use fallback allocation with

Also remove __GFP_NOMEMALLOC when usage of memory reserves isn't allowed.
Many allocations on receive path use plain GFP_ATOMIC without adding
__GFP_NOMEMALLOC (again, see __alloc_skb()). Such allocations have greater chances
to succeed because plain GFP_ATOMIC can use 1/4 of memory reserves, while
GFP_ATOMIC|__GFP_NOMEMALLOC can't. So it's seems more reasonable to add
__GFP_NOMEMALLOC only if we have fallback to memory reserves.

Signed-off-by: Andrey Ryabinin <>
net/core/skbuff.c | 11 +++++++----
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/core/skbuff.c b/net/core/skbuff.c
index a083e188374f..97557554e90e 100644
--- a/net/core/skbuff.c
+++ b/net/core/skbuff.c
@@ -133,16 +133,19 @@ static void *__kmalloc_reserve(size_t size, gfp_t flags, int node,
unsigned long ip, bool *pfmemalloc)
void *obj;
+ gfp_t gfp_mask = flags;
bool ret_pfmemalloc = false;
+ bool pfmemalloc_allowed = gfp_pfmemalloc_allowed(flags);

* Try a regular allocation, when that fails and we're not entitled
* to the reserves, fail.
- obj = kmalloc_node_track_caller(size,
- node);
- if (obj || !(gfp_pfmemalloc_allowed(flags)))
+ if (pfmemalloc_allowed)
+ gfp_mask |= __GFP_NOMEMALLOC | __GFP_NOWARN;
+ obj = kmalloc_node_track_caller(size, gfp_mask, node);
+ if (obj || !pfmemalloc_allowed)
goto out;

/* Try again but now we are using pfmemalloc reserves */
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