Re: [patch 2/2] memcg: do not sleep on OOM waitqueue with full chargecontext

From: David Rientjes
Date: Thu Jun 13 2013 - 16:34:54 EST

On Thu, 13 Jun 2013, Michal Hocko wrote:

> > Right now it appears that that number of users is 0 and we're talking
> > about a problem that was reported in 3.2 that was released a year and a
> > half ago. The rules of inclusion in stable also prohibit such a change
> > from being backported, specifically "It must fix a real bug that bothers
> > people (not a, "This could be a problem..." type thing)".
> As you can see there is an user seeing this in 3.2. The bug is _real_ and
> I do not see what you are objecting against. Do you really think that
> sitting on a time bomb is preferred more?

Nobody has reported the problem in seven months. You're patching a kernel
that's 18 months old. Your "user" hasn't even bothered to respond to your
backport. This isn't a timebomb.

> > We have deployed memcg on a very large number of machines and I can run a
> > query over all software watchdog timeouts that have occurred by
> > deadlocking on i_mutex during memcg oom. It returns 0 results.
> Do you capture /prc/<pid>/stack for each of them to find that your
> deadlock (and you have reported that they happen) was in fact caused by
> a locking issue? These kind of deadlocks might got unnoticed especially
> when the oom is handled by userspace by increasing the limit (my mmecg
> is stuck and increasing the limit a bit always helped).

We dump stack traces for every thread on the system to the kernel log for
a software watchdog timeout and capture it over the network for searching
later. We have not experienced any deadlock that even remotely resembles
the stack traces in the chnagelog. We do not reproduce this issue.
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