crash when calling madvise( MADV_WILLNEED )

From: John S. J. Anderson (
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 18:03:36 EST

  A developer that I support has discovered that the attached code is
  capable of crashing many late series 2.4.x kernels, including
  2.4.20. The easiest way to reproduce this crash is to compile the
  attached code, and call it via 'madvise_test 3 FILE', where FILE is
  a data file of at least 1.5 GB. The contents of FILE don't seem to
  matter. The crash may happen more quickly if multiple copies of the
  program are started. Sometimes the process locks up the terminal it
  is running in; sometimes the kernel throws an OPPS and the whole
  machine goes down. There doesn't seem to be a pattern as to which
  event happens when.

  This has been observed on both a Dell 8450 (8 CPU, 8 gig RAM) and a
  Dell 1650 (2 CPU, 2 gig RAM). I've also included an oops that we

  Thanks for any help.


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