Re: [linux-usb-devel] OOM and USB, latest Linux 2.6

From: Dan Aloni
Date: Sat Feb 17 2007 - 13:16:00 EST

Alan Stern wrote:
On Sat, 17 Feb 2007, Dan Aloni wrote:


Is it possible that OOM isn't handled very well if say, my entire
file system structure is on a USB storage device?

I'm not an expert on this particular matter but I'm pretty sure that I noticed GFP_KERNEL allocation being done on the write-out path in the usb-storage kernel thread, leading to a deadlock during OOM.

Can you be any more specific than that? usb-storage should use only GFP_NOIO in its I/O paths.

You are right, I looked over this state with kdb, and usb-storage
waited in usb_stor_bulk_transfer_sg, which does pass GFP_NOIO
at this scenario.

It looked suspicious though, because OOM handling was invoked
from many processes, and it didn't print about any process being
killed and it didn't complain about no processes to kill either.

(I'll look more into this, perhaps there's an OOM handling bug)

BTW, soft-rebooting the machine in that state made the USB
storage device (LEXAR, JD LIGHTNING II) inaccessible to the
BIOS. I had to do a complete power cycle in order or the BIOS
to see it again.

Dan Aloni
da-x (at), dan (at)

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