Re: Terminate process that fails on a constrained allocation

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Wed Feb 08 2006 - 18:34:34 EST

Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Unfortunately Andrew's point with the GFP_NOFS still applies :/
> But I would consider any caller of this not handling NULL be broken.


> Andrew do you have any stronger evidence it's a real problem?

No. About a million years ago I had a make-alloc_pages-fail-at-1%-rate
debug patch. Doing that again would be an interesting exercise.

Another option is to only fail userspace allocations (__GFP_HIGHMEM is set,
or a new flag in GFP_HIGHUSER). For the workloads which the NUMA guys care
about I expect this is a 99% solution and the amount of code which it puts
at risk is vastly less.

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