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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net/skbuff: silence warnings under memory pressure
On Wed, 2019-09-04 at 23:48 +0900, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> On (09/04/19 08:14), Qian Cai wrote:
> > > Plus one more check - waitqueue_active(&log_wait). printk() adds
> > > pending irq_work only if there is a user-space process sleeping on
> > > log_wait and irq_work is not already scheduled. If the syslog is
> > > active or there is noone to wakeup then we don't queue irq_work.
> >
> > Another possibility for this potential livelock is that those printk() from
> > warn_alloc(), dump_stack() and show_mem() increase the time it needs to
> > process
> > build_skb() allocation failures significantly under memory pressure. As the
> > result, ksoftirqd() could be rescheduled during that time via a different
> > CPU
> > (this is a large x86 NUMA system anyway),
> >
> > [83605.577256][   C31]  run_ksoftirqd+0x1f/0x40
> > [83605.577256][   C31]  smpboot_thread_fn+0x255/0x440
> > [83605.577256][   C31]  kthread+0x1df/0x200
> > [83605.577256][   C31]  ret_from_fork+0x35/0x40
> Hum hum hum...
> So I can, _probably_, think of several patches.
> First, move wake_up_klogd() back to console_unlock().
> Second, move `printk_pending' out of per-CPU region and make it global.
> So we will have just one printk irq_work scheduled across all CPUs;
> currently we have one irq_work per CPU. I think I sent a patch a long
> long time ago, but we never discussed it, as far as I remember.
> > In addition, those printk() will deal with console drivers or even a
> > networking
> > console, so it is probably not unusual that it could call irq_exit()-
> > __do_softirq() at one point and then this livelock.
> Do you use netcon? Because this, theoretically, can open up one more
> vector. netcon allocates skbs from ->write() path. We call con drivers'
> ->write() from printk_safe context, so should netcon skb allocation
> warn we will scedule one more irq_work on that CPU to flush per-CPU
> printk_safe buffer.
> If this is the case, then we can stop calling console_driver() under
> printk_safe. I sent a patch a while ago, but we agreed to keep the
> things the way they are, fot the time being.
> Let me think more.

To summary, those look to me are all good long-term improvement that would
reduce the likelihood of this kind of livelock in general especially for other
unknown allocations that happen while processing softirqs, but it is still up to
the air if it fixes it 100% in all situations as printk() is going to take more
time and could deal with console hardware that involve irq_exit() anyway.

On the other hand, adding __GPF_NOWARN in the build_skb() allocation will fix
this known NET_TX_SOFTIRQ case which is common when softirqd involved at least
in short-term. It even have a benefit to reduce the overall warn_alloc() noise
out there.

I can resubmit with an update changelog. Does it make any sense?

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