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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1] kernel/trace:check the val against the available mem
On Wed, 4 Apr 2018 08:23:40 +0200
Michal Hocko <> wrote:

> If you are afraid of that then you can have a look at {set,clear}_current_oom_origin()
> which will automatically select the current process as an oom victim and
> kill it.

Would it even receive the signal? Does alloc_pages_node() even respond
to signals? Because the OOM happens while the allocation loop is

I tried it out, I did the following:

for (i = 0; i < nr_pages; i++) {
struct page *page;
* __GFP_RETRY_MAYFAIL flag makes sure that the allocation fails
* gracefully without invoking oom-killer and the system is not
* destabilized.
bpage = kzalloc_node(ALIGN(sizeof(*bpage), cache_line_size()),
if (!bpage)
goto free_pages;

list_add(&bpage->list, pages);

page = alloc_pages_node(cpu_to_node(cpu),
if (!page)
goto free_pages;
bpage->page = page_address(page);

The first time I ran my ring buffer memory stress test, it killed the
stress test. The second time I ran it, it killed polkitd.

Still doesn't help as much as the original patch.

You haven't convinced me that using si_mem_available() is a bad idea.
If anything, you've solidified my confidence in it.

-- Steve

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