Re: [PATCH] slab: prevent warnings when allocating with__GFP_NOWARN

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Tue Jun 11 2013 - 11:19:43 EST

On Mon, 10 Jun 2013, Sasha Levin wrote:

> > There must be another reason. Lets fix this.
> My, I feel silly now.
> I was the one who added __GFP_NOFAIL in the first place in
> 2ccd4f4d ("pipe: fail cleanly when root tries F_SETPIPE_SZ
> with big size").
> What happens is that root can go ahead and specify any size
> it wants to be used as buffer size - and the kernel will
> attempt to comply by allocation that buffer. Which fails
> if the size is too big.

Could you check that against a boundary? Use vmalloc if larger than a
couple of pages? Maybe PAGE_COSTLY_ORDER or so?

THe higher the order the more likely it is that the allocation will fail.
The PAGE_ORDER_COSTLY (or so) is a reasonable limit as to what size of a
linear contiguous allocation that can be expected to be successful.

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