[PATCH] mm/page_alloc: bail out on fatal signal during reclaim/compaction retry attempt

From: Aaron Tomlin
Date: Wed May 19 2021 - 10:50:22 EST

It does not make sense to retry compaction when the last known compact
result was skipped and a fatal signal is pending.

In the context of try_to_compact_pages(), indeed COMPACT_SKIPPED can be
returned; albeit, not every zone, on the zone list, would be considered
in the case a fatal signal is found to be pending.
Yet, in should_compact_retry(), given the last known compaction result,
each zone, on the zone list, can be considered/or checked
(see compaction_zonelist_suitable()). For example, if a zone was found
to succeed, then reclaim/compaction would be tried again
(notwithstanding the above).

This patch ensures that compaction is not needlessly retried when the
last known compaction result was skipped and in the unlikely case a
fatal signal is found pending. So, OOM is at least attempted.

Signed-off-by: Aaron Tomlin <atomlin@xxxxxxxxxx>
mm/page_alloc.c | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
index aaa1655cf682..5f9aac27a1b5 100644
--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -4268,6 +4268,8 @@ should_compact_retry(struct alloc_context *ac, int order, int alloc_flags,
* to work with, so we retry only if it looks like reclaim can help.
if (compaction_needs_reclaim(compact_result)) {
+ if (fatal_signal_pending(current))
+ goto out;
ret = compaction_zonelist_suitable(ac, order, alloc_flags);
goto out;