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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net/skbuff: silence warnings under memory pressure
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On Fri, 2019-08-30 at 17:11 +0200, Eric Dumazet wrote:
>
> On 8/30/19 4:57 PM, Qian Cai wrote:
> > When running heavy memory pressure workloads, the system is throwing
> > endless warnings below due to the allocation could fail from
> > __build_skb(), and the volume of this call could be huge which may
> > generate a lot of serial console output and cosumes all CPUs as
> > warn_alloc() could be expensive by calling dump_stack() and then
> > show_mem().
> >
> > Fix it by silencing the warning in this call site. Also, it seems
> > unnecessary to even print a warning at all if the allocation failed in
> > __build_skb(), as it may just retransmit the packet and retry.
> >
>
> Same patches are showing up there and there from time to time.
>
> Why is this particular spot interesting, against all others not adding
> __GFP_NOWARN ?
>
> Are we going to have hundred of patches adding __GFP_NOWARN at various points,
> or should we get something generic to not flood the syslog in case of memory
> pressure ?
>

From my testing which uses LTP oom* tests. There are only 3 places need to be
patched. The other two are in IOMMU code for both Intel and AMD. The place is
particular interesting because it could cause the system with floating serial
console output for days without making progress in OOM. I suppose it ends up in
a looping condition that warn_alloc() would end up generating more calls into
__build_skb() via ksoftirqd.

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