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SubjectRe: [-rc7 regression] Buggy commit: "mm: use aligned zone start for pfn_to_bitidx calculation"
On 2/18/2013 6:46 AM, Mel Gorman wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 10:26:30AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 3:44 AM, Ingo Molnar <> wrote:
>>>> c060f943d092 may be related as you config does not have
>>>> CONFIG_SPARSEMEM defined.
>>> Right, that's the commit causing the x86 regression:
>>> c060f943d0929f3e429c5d9522290584f6281d6e is the first bad commit
>>> commit c060f943d0929f3e429c5d9522290584f6281d6e
>>> Date: Fri Jan 11 14:31:51 2013 -0800
>>> mm: use aligned zone start for pfn_to_bitidx calculation
>> Ok, looking more at this, I don't really want to revert it, and I have
>> an idea of what is wrong.
>> When we allocate the zone use bitmap, we do not take the
>> zone_start_pfn into account. So I *think* that what happens is that
>> "pfn_to_bitidx()" simply overruns the allocation for unaligned zonesm
>> and the spinlock just happens to be right after (or the overrun causes
>> some other memory corruption that then indirectly causes the spinlock
>> corruption).
> More likely the latter. I'd expect the usemap to be adjacent to the
> zone->wait_table because of when they are allocated by the bootmem
> allocator. This would break wait_on_page_[locked|writeback] at the very
> least. If page_waitqueue() returned a corrupt pointer from the wait table
> then it would lead to further corruption elsewhere each time wait_on_page_foo
> was called.
>> So I'm wondering if the fix is simply something like the attached
>> patch. It takes the zone_start_pfn into account when allocating the
>> zone bitmap.
>> Laura? Mel?
> Looks correct to me and should cc
> Acked-by: Mel Gorman <>

I had convinced myself when I sent the patch that everything would just
shift down and there wouldn't need to be an array size increase. Looks
like my math was bogus and I'll double check it next time. The updated
version looks okay to me and I'll pull in the patch for more testing on
the setup that originally found the problem this week.


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