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SubjectRe: [RFC] mm: kmemleak: replace __GFP_NOFAIL to GFP_NOWAIT in gfp_kmemleak_mask
On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 7:50 PM, Catalin Marinas
<catalin.marinas@arm.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 12:58:33AM +0800, Chunyu Hu wrote:
>> __GFP_NORETRY and __GFP_NOFAIL are combined in gfp_kmemleak_mask now.
>> But it's a wrong combination. As __GFP_NOFAIL is blockable, but
>> __GFP_NORETY is not blockable, make it self-contradiction.
>>
>> __GFP_NOFAIL means 'The VM implementation _must_ retry infinitely'. But
>> it's not the real intention, as kmemleak allow alloc failure happen in
>> memory pressure, in that case kmemleak just disables itself.
>
> Good point. The __GFP_NOFAIL flag was added by commit d9570ee3bd1d
> ("kmemleak: allow to coexist with fault injection") to keep kmemleak
> usable under fault injection.
>
>> commit 9a67f6488eca ("mm: consolidate GFP_NOFAIL checks in the allocator
>> slowpath") documented that what user wants here should use GFP_NOWAIT, and
>> the WARN in __alloc_pages_slowpath caught this weird usage.
>>
>> <snip>
>> WARNING: CPU: 3 PID: 64 at mm/page_alloc.c:4261 __alloc_pages_slowpath+0x1cc3/0x2780
> [...]
>> Replace the __GFP_NOFAIL with GFP_NOWAIT in gfp_kmemleak_mask, __GFP_NORETRY
>> and GFP_NOWAIT are in the gfp_kmemleak_mask. So kmemleak object allocaion
>> is no blockable and no reclaim, making kmemleak less disruptive to user
>> processes in pressure.
>
> It doesn't solve the fault injection problem for kmemleak (unless we
> change __should_failslab() somehow, not sure yet). An option would be to
> replace __GFP_NORETRY with __GFP_NOFAIL in kmemleak when fault injection
> is enabled.
>
> BTW, does the combination of NOWAIT and NORETRY make kmemleak
> allocations more likely to fail?
>
> Cc'ing Dmitry as well.

Yes, it would be bad if there allocations fail due to fault injection.
These are both debugging tools and ideally should not interfere.

>> Signed-off-by: Chunyu Hu <chuhu@redhat.com>
>> CC: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
>> ---
>> mm/kmemleak.c | 2 +-
>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/mm/kmemleak.c b/mm/kmemleak.c
>> index 9a085d5..4ea07e4 100644
>> --- a/mm/kmemleak.c
>> +++ b/mm/kmemleak.c
>> @@ -126,7 +126,7 @@
>> /* GFP bitmask for kmemleak internal allocations */
>> #define gfp_kmemleak_mask(gfp) (((gfp) & (GFP_KERNEL | GFP_ATOMIC)) | \
>> __GFP_NORETRY | __GFP_NOMEMALLOC | \
>> - __GFP_NOWARN | __GFP_NOFAIL)
>> + __GFP_NOWARN | GFP_NOWAIT)
>>
>> /* scanning area inside a memory block */
>> struct kmemleak_scan_area {
>> --
>> 1.8.3.1

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