Re: Feedback on preemptible kernel patch

Robert Love (
10 Sep 2001 01:09:52 -0400

On Sun, 2001-09-09 at 23:24, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> This may not be your fault. It's a GFP_NOFS recursive allocation - this
> comes either from grow_buffers or ReiserFS, probably the former. In
> either case, it means we ran completely out of free pages, even though
> the caller is willing to wait. Hmm. It smells like a loophole in vm
> scanning.

I am not a VM hacker -- can you tell me where to start? what do you
suspect it is?

If the user stops seeing the error with preemption disabled, is your
theory nulled, or does that just mean the problem is agitated by

I don't think Arjan was using ReiserFS, so its from grow_buffers...

I appreciate your help.

Robert M. Love
rml at
rml at

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