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SubjectRe: [patch v2] mm, oom: fix concurrent munlock and oom reaper unmap
On Wed, 18 Apr 2018, Tetsuo Handa wrote:

> > Commit 97b1255cb27c is referencing MMF_OOM_SKIP already being set by
> > exit_mmap(). The only thing this patch changes is where that is done:
> > before or after free_pgtables(). We can certainly move it to before
> > free_pgtables() at the risk of subsequent (and eventually unnecessary) oom
> > kills. It's not exactly the point of this patch.
> >
> > I have thousands of real-world examples where additional processes were
> > oom killed while the original victim was in free_pgtables(). That's why
> > we've moved the MMF_OOM_SKIP to after free_pgtables().
> "we have moved"? No, not yet. Your patch is about to move it.

I'm referring to our own kernel, we have thousands of real-world examples
where additional processes have been oom killed where the original victim
is in free_pgtables(). It actually happens about 10-15% of the time in
automated testing where you create a 128MB memcg, fork a canary, and then
fork a >128MB memory hog. 10-15% of the time both processes get oom
killed: the memory hog first (higher rss), the canary second. The pgtable
stat is unchanged between oom kills.

> My question is: is it guaranteed that munlock_vma_pages_all()/unmap_vmas()/free_pgtables()
> by exit_mmap() are never blocked for memory allocation. Note that exit_mmap() tries to unmap
> all pages while the OOM reaper tries to unmap only safe pages. If there is possibility that
> munlock_vma_pages_all()/unmap_vmas()/free_pgtables() by exit_mmap() are blocked for memory
> allocation, your patch will introduce an OOM livelock.

If munlock_vma_pages_all(), unmap_vmas(), or free_pgtables() require
memory to make forward progress, then we have bigger problems :)

I just ran a query of real-world oom kill logs that I have. In 33,773,705
oom kills, I have no evidence of a thread failing to exit after reaching

You may recall from my support of your patch to emit the stack trace when
the oom reaper fails, in,
that I have logs of 28,222,058 occurrences of the oom reaper where it
successfully frees memory and the victim exits.

If you'd like to pursue the possibility that exit_mmap() blocks before
freeing memory that we have somehow been lucky to miss in 33 million
occurrences, I'd appreciate the test case.

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