Re: Kernel BUG at mm/rmap.c:669, General Protection Faults, and generic hard locks

From: Randy Johnson
Date: Tue May 20 2008 - 10:56:51 EST

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 7:09 AM, Hugh Dickins <hugh@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, 12 May 2008, Randy Johnson wrote:
>> Sent this to linux-kernel, then realized I probably should have sent
>> this here as well...
>> Hi,
>> Recently moved from 2.6.22 up to to solve some AHCI issues.
>> Following this update, Matlab has caused numerous hard lockups. I've
>> gotten lucky twice and been able to remote in and get the logs, which
>> follow below. System is an AM2 with 6G ram installed, but booted with
>> mem=3200M to circumvent some IOMMU issues. It is possible to
> I expect your "mem=3200M" is just fine, I'm fond of "mem=" myself;
> but be aware that you can get into trouble with it, and I've heard
> "memmap=" recommended instead. If you're unfamiliar with that,
> try Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt or googling.
>> eventually replicate the issue, but not with a specific sequence of
>> activities that I've found. General activity from Matlab when it
>> occurs is heavy disk IO (reading, no writting), and large memory
>> consumption. Latest version of memtest86+ was run overnight and shows
>> no issues.
> memtest86+ overnight was certainly the right thing to try;
> but I'm not convinced by its success. Maybe there's a pattern
> in Matlab which is tickling a bad RAM issue more effectively
> than memtest does (sometimes gcc hits problems which memtest
> hasn't shown). And since (sadly!) you have plenty of memory
> to spare, it'd be well worth switching boards around: your
> lowest bank does look suspect (and I'm guessing just
> places things differently from 2.6.22, some important data now
> being placed on bad RAM where something unused went before).

I did manage to steal another complete set of RAM and swapped it in,
with no change. This still doesn't rule out potential issues with the
MB (slots or controller); I've got a spare board coming in in the next

In the mean time, I've been busy bisecting this one down.
Unfortunately, it takes a good hour or two of heavy load to trigger
sometimes, and I've got a good 15000 or so commits to get through, so
it could still be a while. I haven't been keeping any traces from
these, even if I could get them (which typically I can't). Would they
still be useful even if they're from random commits?

> I could perfectly well be wrong about all that: maybe you do have
> a kernel bug corrupting your memory; but I've no idea where if so.
>> Any thoughts?
>> -Randy Johnson
>> log #1
>> Eeek! page_mapcount(page) went negative! (-1946157056)
> That's the most interesting line of it: page_mapcount(page) isn't
> off-by one or something like that, instead its high byte has been
> corrupted at some point from 0x00 to 0x8c.
> (Unfortunately, what with all the printk'ing that's gone on, I'm not
> at all confident whether or where the address of the page in question
> is in the registers or stack displayed: the messages suit tracking
> a relevant kernel bug rather than a random corruption.)
>> And log #2
>> general protection fault: 0000 [1] SMP
>> CPU 1
>> Modules linked in: af_packet aic7xxx fan button thermal processor unix
>> Pid: 6232, comm: MATLAB Not tainted #1
>> RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff802652e3>] [<ffffffff802652e3>]
>> get_page_from_freelist+0x303/0x670
>> RSP: 0000:ffff8100b2421d78 EFLAGS: 00010002
>> RAX: ffff8100bf64bb10 RBX: ffff8100bf64bb10 RCX: ffffe200029538d8
>> RDX: 7fffe200004bee10 RSI: 0000000000000000 RDI: 000000000000001d
> ^
> There it's doing the list_del(&page->lru) in buffered_rmqueue(),
> and hitting a corrupted prev pointer: the top bit of the address has
> been cleared, causing that and subsequent general protection faults
> (same list pointer RCX and prev contents RDX each time).
> But I'm afraid that tells me nothing about the cause of these
> corruptions. If you've gathered more crash logs during the week,
> please do post the logs or send them to me privately, I'll try
> to decipher what I can - but that may not help you much.
> Hugh

-Randy Johnson
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