Re: [PATCH -next] arm64/mm: fix a bogus GFP flag in pgd_alloc()
From: Mike Rapoport
Date: Wed Jun 05 2019 - 17:37:58 EST
On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 03:30:20PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 03:23:38PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 10:00:36AM -0400, Qian Cai wrote:
> > > The commit "arm64: switch to generic version of pte allocation"
> > > introduced endless failures during boot like,
> > >
> > > kobject_add_internal failed for pgd_cache(285:chronyd.service) (error:
> > > -2 parent: cgroup)
> > >
> > > It turns out __GFP_ACCOUNT is passed to kernel page table allocations
> > > and then later memcg finds out those don't belong to any cgroup.
> > Mike, I understood from  that this wasn't expected to be a problem,
> > as the accounting should bypass kernel threads.
> > Was that assumption wrong, or is something different happening here?
> > > backtrace:
> > > kobject_add_internal
> > > kobject_init_and_add
> > > sysfs_slab_add+0x1a8
> > > __kmem_cache_create
> > > create_cache
> > > memcg_create_kmem_cache
> > > memcg_kmem_cache_create_func
> > > process_one_work
> > > worker_thread
> > > kthread
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Qian Cai <cai@xxxxxx>
> > > ---
> > > arch/arm64/mm/pgd.c | 2 +-
> > > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > >
> > > diff --git a/arch/arm64/mm/pgd.c b/arch/arm64/mm/pgd.c
> > > index 769516cb6677..53c48f5c8765 100644
> > > --- a/arch/arm64/mm/pgd.c
> > > +++ b/arch/arm64/mm/pgd.c
> > > @@ -38,7 +38,7 @@ pgd_t *pgd_alloc(struct mm_struct *mm)
> > > if (PGD_SIZE == PAGE_SIZE)
> > > return (pgd_t *)__get_free_page(gfp);
> > > else
> > > - return kmem_cache_alloc(pgd_cache, gfp);
> > > + return kmem_cache_alloc(pgd_cache, GFP_PGTABLE_KERNEL);
> > This is used to allocate PGDs for both user and kernel pagetables (e.g.
> > for the efi runtime services), so while this may fix the regression, I'm
> > not sure it's the right fix.
> I see that since , pgd_alloc() was updated to special-case the
> init_mm, which is not sufficient for cases like:
> efi_mm.pgd = pgd_alloc(&efi_mm)
> ... which occurs in a kthread.
> So let's have a pgd_alloc_kernel() to make that explicit.
I've hit "send" before seeing this one :)
Well, to be completely on the safe side an explicit pgd_alloc_kernel()
sounds right. Then it won't be subject to future changes in memcg and will
always "Do The Right Thing".