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Re: [PATCH 0/2] xfs: write back inodes during reclaim

To: Yann Dupont <Yann.Dupont@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/2] xfs: write back inodes during reclaim
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:54:40 +1000
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 09:23:50AM +0200, Yann Dupont wrote:
> Le 07/04/2011 08:19, Dave Chinner a écrit :
> >This series fixes an OOM problem where VFS-only dirty inodes
> >accumulate on an XFS filesystem due to atime updates causing OOM to
> >occur.
> >
> >The first patch fixes a deadlock triggering bdi-flusher writeback
> >from memory reclaim when a new bdi-flusher thread needs to be forked
> >and no memory is available.
> >
> >the second adds a bdi-flusher kick from XFS's inode cache shrinker
> >so that when memory is low the VFS starts writing back dirty inodes
> >so they can be reclaimed as they get cleaned rather than remaining
> >dirty and pinning the inode cache in memory.
> >
> Hello, we've been hit for some times by a bug (oom) which may been
> related to this one. Our server contains lots of samba server (in
> linux-vserver, this is NOT a vanilla kernel) and is also NFS kernel
> server.
> The oom generally happens after 1 month of uptime, and last week we
> also had the problem after 1 week.
> for example this one :
> [2743777.877340] Pid: 10121, comm: admind Not tainted 2.6.32-5-vserver-amd64 
> #1

Vserver. uggh.

Call Trace:
<IRQ>  [<ffffffff810c3f43>] ? > __alloc_pages_nodemask+0x592/0x5f3
 [<ffffffff810f0d1e>] ? new_slab+0x5b/0x1ca
 [<ffffffff810f107d>] ? __slab_alloc+0x1f0/0x39b
 [<ffffffff812565c8>] ?  __netdev_alloc_skb+0x29/0x45
 [<ffffffff810f1aaf>] ?  __kmalloc_node_track_caller+0xbb/0x11b
 [<ffffffff812565c8>] ?  __netdev_alloc_skb+0x29/0x45
 [<ffffffff812555f5>] ? __alloc_skb+0x69/0x15a
 [<ffffffff812565c8>] ?  __netdev_alloc_skb+0x29/0x45
 [<ffffffffa00af52a>] ?  bnx2_alloc_rx_skb+0x4c/0x1a3 [bnx2]
 [<ffffffffa00b34fb>] ? bnx2_poll_work+0x4f3/0xa7e [bnx2]
 [<ffffffffa00b3c47>] ? bnx2_poll+0x11b/0x229 [bnx2]
 [<ffffffff8125c851>] ? net_rx_action+0xae/0x1c9
 [<ffffffff8105430b>] ? __do_softirq+0xdd/0x1a2
 [<ffffffff81011cac>] ? call_softirq+0x1c/0x30
 [<ffffffff8101322b>] ? do_softirq+0x3f/0x7c
 [<ffffffff8105417a>] ? irq_exit+0x36/0x76
 [<ffffffff81012922>] ? do_IRQ+0xa0/0xb6
 [<ffffffff810114d3>] ? ret_from_intr+0x0/0x11
<EOI>  [<ffffffffa02304cf>] ?  xfs_reclaim_inode+0x0/0xe0 [xfs]
 [<ffffffff8130a7c5>] ? _write_lock+0x7/0xf
 [<ffffffffa0230e3d>] ? xfs_inode_ag_walk+0x4e/0xef [xfs]
 [<ffffffffa02304cf>] ? xfs_reclaim_inode+0x0/0xe0 [xfs]
 [<ffffffffa0230f4f>] ?  xfs_inode_ag_iterator+0x71/0xb2 [xfs]
 [<ffffffffa02304cf>] ? xfs_reclaim_inode+0x0/0xe0 [xfs]
 [<ffffffffa0230feb>] ?  xfs_reclaim_inode_shrink+0x5b/0x10d [xfs]
 [<ffffffff810c8dd1>] ? shrink_slab+0xe0/0x153
 [<ffffffff810c9d2e>] ?  try_to_free_pages+0x26a/0x38e
 [<ffffffff810c6ceb>] ?  isolate_pages_global+0x0/0x20f
 [<ffffffff810c3d7e>] ?  __alloc_pages_nodemask+0x3cd/0x5f3
 [<ffffffff810f0d05>] ? new_slab+0x42/0x1ca
 [<ffffffff810f107d>] ? __slab_alloc+0x1f0/0x39b
 [<ffffffff8110437f>] ? getname+0x23/0x1a0
 [<ffffffff8110437f>] ? getname+0x23/0x1a0
 [<ffffffff810f1558>] ? kmem_cache_alloc+0x7f/0xf0
 [<ffffffff8110437f>] ? getname+0x23/0x1a0
 [<ffffffff810f75b3>] ? do_sys_open+0x1d/0xfc
 [<ffffffff81037623>] ? ia32_sysret+0x0/0x5

This, I'd say, has nothing to do with XFS - the system has taken a
network interrupt and failed an allocation in bnx2 NIC driver. You
chopped off the line that describes the actual allocation parameters
that failed, so I can't really say why it failed...

> Some questions :
> -What kernel versions are known to be impacted ?

No idea. it was reporte don a .38-rc kernel, and I don't have the
bandwiѕth to do a "which versions does it affect" search.

> -What is the plan for inclusion in kernel ? Is this considered
> appropriate material for and older stable kernels ?

None right now - the patch is dead in the water right now because of
lock inversion issues it causes. Even so, I doubt I'd be back
porting it to any stable kernel without having anyone report that it
is the root cause of their OOM problems.

> - Is mounting with noatime can alleviate the problem ?

The problem that the patch I posted were supposed to fix, yes. The
problem you are reporting here, most likely not.


Dave Chinner

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