Re: WARNING: kmalloc bug in input_mt_init_slots

From: Christopher Lameter
Date: Mon Sep 24 2018 - 11:55:07 EST

On Mon, 24 Sep 2018, Dmitry Vyukov wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 5:08 PM, Christopher Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Sun, 23 Sep 2018, Dmitry Vyukov wrote:
> >
> >> What was the motivation behind that WARNING about large allocations in
> >> kmalloc? Why do we want to know about them? Is the general policy that
> >> kmalloc calls with potentially large size requests need to use NOWARN?
> >> If this WARNING still considered useful? Or we should change it to
> >> pr_err?
> >
> > In general large allocs should be satisfied by the page allocator. The
> > slab allocators are used for allocating and managing small objects. The
> > page allocator has mechanisms to deal with large objects (compound pages,
> > multiple page sized allocs etc).
> I am asking more about the status of this warning. If it fires in
> input_mt_init_slots(), does it mean that input_mt_init_slots() needs
> to be fixed? If not, then we need to change this warning to something
> else.

Hmmm.. kmalloc falls back to the page allocator already?


static __always_inline void *kmalloc(size_t size, gfp_t flags)
if (__builtin_constant_p(size)) {
return kmalloc_large(size, flags);

Note that this uses KMALLOC_MAX_CACHE_SIZE which should be smaller than

How large is the allocation? AFACIT nRequests larger than KMALLOC_MAX_SIZE
are larger than the maximum allowed by the page allocator. Thus the warning
and the NULL return.