[LTP] [BUG] oom hangs the system, NMI backtrace shows most CPUs in shrink_slab

Jan Stancek jstancek@redhat.com
Tue Jan 26 08:48:01 CET 2016

On 01/22/2016 04:14 PM, Jan Stancek wrote:
> On 01/19/2016 11:29 AM, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
>> although I
>> couldn't find evidence that mlock() and madvice() are related with this hangup,
> I simplified reproducer by having only single thread allocating
> memory when OOM triggers:
>   http://jan.stancek.eu/tmp/oom_hangs/console.log.3-v4.4-8606-with-memalloc.txt
> In this instance it was mmap + mlock, as you can see from oom call trace.
> It made it to do_exit(), but couldn't complete it:

I have extracted test from LTP into standalone reproducer (attached),
if you want to give a try. It usually hangs my system within ~30
minutes. If it takes too long, you can try disabling swap. From my past
experience this usually helped to reproduce it faster on small KVM guests.

# gcc oom_mlock.c -pthread -O2
# echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory
(optionally) # swapoff -a
# ./a.out

Also, it's interesting to note, that when I disabled mlock() calls
test ran fine over night. I'll look into confirming this observation
on more systems.

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