Re: frequent lockups in 3.18rc4

From: Dave Jones
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 - 00:57:57 EST

On Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 09:47:26PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> so it's always in __do_page_fault, but at sometimes it has gotten into
> handle_mm_fault too. So it really really looks like it is taking an
> endless stream of page faults on that "xsaveq" instruction. Presumably
> the page faulting never actually makes any progress, even though it
> *thinks* the page tables are fine.
> DaveJ - you've seen that "endless page faults" behavior before. You
> had a few traces that showed it. That was in that whole "pipe/page
> fault oddness." email thread, where you would get endless faults in
> copy_page_to_iter() with an error_code=0x2.
> That was the one where I chased it down to "page table entry must be
> marked with _PAGE_PROTNONE", but VM_WRITE in the vma, because your
> machine was alive enough that you got traces out of the endless loop.

We had a flashback to that old bug last month too.
See this mail & your followup. :
That was during a bisect though, so may have been something
entirely different, but it is a spooky coincidence.


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