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From: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
To: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>
Cc: Qian Cai <cai@lca.pw>,
	Anshuman Khandual <anshuman.khandual@arm.com>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>,
	Oscar Salvador <osalvador@suse.de>,
	Mel Gorman <mgorman@techsingularity.net>,
	Mike Rapoport <rppt@linux.ibm.com>,
	Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>,
	Pavel Tatashin <pavel.tatashin@microsoft.com>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm/page_alloc: Add a reason for reserved pages in has_unmovable_pages()
Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2019 14:22:32 -0700
Message-ID: <20191005142232.e08976cf8905824fad0533ff@linux-foundation.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191004144150.GO9578@dhcp22.suse.cz>

On Fri, 4 Oct 2019 16:41:50 +0200 Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org> wrote:

> > > This is just insane. The hotplug code is in no way special wrt printk.
> > > It is never called from the printk code AFAIK and thus there is no real
> > > reason why this particular code should be any special. Not to mention
> > > it calls printk indirectly from a code that is shared with other code
> > > paths.
> > 
> > Basically, printk() while holding the zone_lock will be problematic as console
> > is doing the opposite as it always needs to allocate some memory. Then, it will
> > always find some way to form this chain,
> > 
> > console_lock -> * -> zone_lock.
> 
> So this is not as much a hotplug specific problem but zone->lock ->
> printk -> alloc chain that is a problem, right? Who is doing an
> allocation from this atomic context? I do not see any atomic allocation
> in kernel/printk/printk.c.

Apparently some console drivers can do memory allocation on the printk()
path.

This behavior is daft, IMO.  Have we identified which ones and looked
into fixing them?



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Thread overview: 29+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-10-03  8:10 Anshuman Khandual
2019-10-03  9:05 ` Qian Cai
2019-10-03  9:32   ` Anshuman Khandual
2019-10-03  9:53     ` Anshuman Khandual
2019-10-03 11:19     ` Qian Cai
2019-10-03 11:32       ` Anshuman Khandual
2019-10-03 11:50         ` Qian Cai
2019-10-03 12:02           ` Anshuman Khandual
2019-10-03 12:14             ` Qian Cai
2019-10-04  8:25               ` David Hildenbrand
2020-01-14  8:19                 ` Anshuman Khandual
2020-01-14  8:30                   ` David Hildenbrand
2020-01-14  9:10                   ` Michal Hocko
2020-01-14 10:23                     ` Vlastimil Babka
2020-01-14 11:03                       ` Anshuman Khandual
2020-01-14 11:32                       ` Michal Hocko
2020-01-14 12:04                         ` [PATCH] mm, debug: always print flags in dump_page() Vlastimil Babka
2020-01-14 13:35                           ` Michal Hocko
2020-01-14 18:22                         ` [PATCH] mm/page_alloc: Add a reason for reserved pages in has_unmovable_pages() Ralph Campbell
2019-10-04 10:58 ` Michal Hocko
2019-10-04 11:44   ` Anshuman Khandual
2019-10-04 12:56     ` Qian Cai
2019-10-04 13:07       ` Michal Hocko
2019-10-04 13:30         ` Qian Cai
2019-10-04 13:38           ` Michal Hocko
2019-10-04 13:56             ` Qian Cai
2019-10-04 14:41               ` Michal Hocko
2019-10-05 21:22                 ` Andrew Morton [this message]
2019-10-05 22:38                   ` Qian Cai

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