Re: [BUG] fatal hang untarring 90GB file, possibly writeback related.

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On Tue, 2011-05-03 at 10:13 +0100, Mel Gorman wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 05:43:48PM -0500, James Bottomley wrote:
> > On Thu, 2011-04-28 at 16:12 -0500, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2011-04-28 at 14:59 -0500, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > > Actually, talking to Chris, I think I can get the system up using
> > > > init=/bin/bash without systemd, so I can try the no cgroup config.
> > > 
> > > OK, so a non-PREEMPT non-CGROUP kernel has survived three back to back
> > > runs of untar without locking or getting kswapd pegged, so I'm pretty
> > > certain this is cgroups related.  The next steps are to turn cgroups
> > > back on but try disabling the memory and IO controllers.
> > 
> > I tried non-PREEMPT CGROUP but disabled GROUP_MEM_RES_CTLR.
> > 
> > The results are curious:  the tar does complete (I've done three back to
> > back).  However, I did get one soft lockup in kswapd (below).  But the
> > system recovers instead of halting I/O and hanging like it did
> > previously.
> > 
> > The soft lockup is in shrink_slab, so perhaps it's a combination of slab
> > shrinker and cgroup memory controller issues?
> > 
> 
> So, kswapd is still looping in reclaim and spending a lot of time in
> shrink_slab but it must not be the shrinker itself or that debug patch
> would have triggered. It's curious that cgroups are involved with
> systemd considering that one would expect those groups to be fairly
> small. I still don't have a new theory but will get hold of a Fedora 15
> install CD and see can I reproduce it locally.

I've got a ftrace output of kswapd ... it's 500k compressed, so I'll
send under separate cover.

> One last thing, what is the value of /proc/sys/vm/zone_reclaim_mode? Two
> of the reporting machines could be NUMA and if that proc file reads as
> 1, I'd be interested in hearing the results of a test with it set to 0.
> Thanks.

It's zero, I'm afraid

James


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