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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Revert "mm/page_alloc: fix memmap_init_zone pageblock alignment"
On 14 March 2018 at 14:13, Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org> wrote:
> Does http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20180313224240.25295-1-neelx@redhat.com
> fix your issue? From the debugging info you provided it should because
> the patch prevents jumping backwards.
>

The patch does fix the boot hang.

But I am concerned that we are papering over a fundamental flaw in
memblock_next_valid_pfn(). If that does not always produce the next
valid PFN, surely we should be fixing *that* rather than dealing with
it here by rounding, aligning and keeping track of whether we are
advancing or not?

So in my opinion, this patch should still be reverted, and the
underlying issue fixed properly instead.



> On Wed 14-03-18 13:44:31, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
>> This reverts commit 864b75f9d6b0100bb24fdd9a20d156e7cda9b5ae.
>>
>> It breaks the boot on my Socionext SynQuacer based system, because
>> it enters an infinite loop iterating over the pfns.
>>
>> Adding the following debug output to memmap_init_zone()
>>
>> --- a/mm/page_alloc.c
>> +++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
>> @@ -5365,6 +5365,11 @@
>> * the valid region but still depends on correct page
>> * metadata.
>> */
>> + pr_err("pfn:%lx oldnext:%lx newnext:%lx\n", pfn,
>> + memblock_next_valid_pfn(pfn, end_pfn) - 1,
>> + (memblock_next_valid_pfn(pfn, end_pfn) &
>> + ~(pageblock_nr_pages-1)) - 1);
>> +
>> pfn = (memblock_next_valid_pfn(pfn, end_pfn) &
>> ~(pageblock_nr_pages-1)) - 1;
>> #endif
>>
>> results in
>>
>> Booting Linux on physical CPU 0x0000000000 [0x410fd034]
>> Linux version 4.16.0-rc5-00004-gfc6eabbbf8ef-dirty (ard@dogfood) ...
>> Machine model: Socionext Developer Box
>> earlycon: pl11 at MMIO 0x000000002a400000 (options '')
>> bootconsole [pl11] enabled
>> efi: Getting EFI parameters from FDT:
>> efi: EFI v2.70 by Linaro
>> efi: SMBIOS 3.0=0xff580000 ESRT=0xf9948198 MEMATTR=0xf83b1a98 RNG=0xff7ac898
>> random: fast init done
>> efi: seeding entropy pool
>> esrt: Reserving ESRT space from 0x00000000f9948198 to 0x00000000f99481d0.
>> cma: Reserved 16 MiB at 0x00000000fd800000
>> NUMA: No NUMA configuration found
>> NUMA: Faking a node at [mem 0x0000000000000000-0x0000000fffffffff]
>> NUMA: NODE_DATA [mem 0xffffd8d80-0xffffda87f]
>> Zone ranges:
>> DMA32 [mem 0x0000000080000000-0x00000000ffffffff]
>> Normal [mem 0x0000000100000000-0x0000000fffffffff]
>> Movable zone start for each node
>> Early memory node ranges
>> node 0: [mem 0x0000000080000000-0x00000000febeffff]
>> node 0: [mem 0x00000000febf0000-0x00000000fefcffff]
>> node 0: [mem 0x00000000fefd0000-0x00000000ff43ffff]
>> node 0: [mem 0x00000000ff440000-0x00000000ff7affff]
>> node 0: [mem 0x00000000ff7b0000-0x00000000ffffffff]
>> node 0: [mem 0x0000000880000000-0x0000000fffffffff]
>> Initmem setup node 0 [mem 0x0000000080000000-0x0000000fffffffff]
>> pfn:febf0 oldnext:febf0 newnext:fe9ff
>> pfn:febf0 oldnext:febf0 newnext:fe9ff
>> pfn:febf0 oldnext:febf0 newnext:fe9ff
>> etc etc
>>
>> and the boot never proceeds after this point.
>>
>> So the logic is obviously flawed, and so it is best to revert this at
>> the current -rc stage (unless someone can fix the logic instead)
>>
>> Fixes: 864b75f9d6b0 ("mm/page_alloc: fix memmap_init_zone pageblock alignment")
>> Cc: Daniel Vacek <neelx@redhat.com>
>> Cc: Mel Gorman <mgorman@techsingularity.net>
>> Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
>> Cc: Paul Burton <paul.burton@imgtec.com>
>> Cc: Pavel Tatashin <pasha.tatashin@oracle.com>
>> Cc: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@suse.cz>
>> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
>> Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
>> Signed-off-by: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@linaro.org>
>> ---
>> mm/page_alloc.c | 9 ++-------
>> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
>> index 3d974cb2a1a1..cb416723538f 100644
>> --- a/mm/page_alloc.c
>> +++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
>> @@ -5359,14 +5359,9 @@ void __meminit memmap_init_zone(unsigned long size, int nid, unsigned long zone,
>> /*
>> * Skip to the pfn preceding the next valid one (or
>> * end_pfn), such that we hit a valid pfn (or end_pfn)
>> - * on our next iteration of the loop. Note that it needs
>> - * to be pageblock aligned even when the region itself
>> - * is not. move_freepages_block() can shift ahead of
>> - * the valid region but still depends on correct page
>> - * metadata.
>> + * on our next iteration of the loop.
>> */
>> - pfn = (memblock_next_valid_pfn(pfn, end_pfn) &
>> - ~(pageblock_nr_pages-1)) - 1;
>> + pfn = memblock_next_valid_pfn(pfn, end_pfn) - 1;
>> #endif
>> continue;
>> }
>> --
>> 2.15.1
>>
>
> --
> Michal Hocko
> SUSE Labs

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