Re: PROBLEM: kernel BUG at mm/swap_state.c:78! (v2.6.21 under vmware)

From: Johannes Weiner
Date: Fri Jun 15 2007 - 11:06:46 EST


I am not sure if this patch is a fix or a hiding (or leads to more trouble at
all), so, could PLEASE anyone with knowledge about the code see over it?
Thanks :)

shrink_page_list() should not pass a private page to add_to_swap().
Is it a bug if the page is private when reaching this point? I do not think
so, because a few lines below is a condition where private pages are handled

diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index 1be5a63..92573b7 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -489,7 +489,8 @@ static unsigned long shrink_page_list(struct list_head *page_list,
* Anonymous process memory has backing store?
* Try to allocate it some swap space here.
- if (PageAnon(page) && !PageSwapCache(page))
+ if (PageAnon(page) && !PageSwapCache(page) &&
+ !PagePrivate(page))
if (!add_to_swap(page, GFP_ATOMIC))
goto activate_locked;
#endif /* CONFIG_SWAP */