Re: [PATCH AUTOSEL 4.14 71/95] Revert "mm, memory_hotplug: initialize struct pages for the full memory section"

From: Alexander Duyck
Date: Tue May 07 2019 - 13:26:47 EST

On Mon, May 6, 2019 at 10:40 PM Sasha Levin <sashal@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> [ Upstream commit 4aa9fc2a435abe95a1e8d7f8c7b3d6356514b37a ]
> This reverts commit 2830bf6f05fb3e05bc4743274b806c821807a684.
> The underlying assumption that one sparse section belongs into a single
> numa node doesn't hold really. Robert Shteynfeld has reported a boot
> failure. The boot log was not captured but his memory layout is as
> follows:
> Early memory node ranges
> node 1: [mem 0x0000000000001000-0x0000000000090fff]
> node 1: [mem 0x0000000000100000-0x00000000dbdf8fff]
> node 1: [mem 0x0000000100000000-0x0000001423ffffff]
> node 0: [mem 0x0000001424000000-0x0000002023ffffff]
> This means that node0 starts in the middle of a memory section which is
> also in node1. memmap_init_zone tries to initialize padding of a
> section even when it is outside of the given pfn range because there are
> code paths (e.g. memory hotplug) which assume that the full worth of
> memory section is always initialized.
> In this particular case, though, such a range is already intialized and
> most likely already managed by the page allocator. Scribbling over
> those pages corrupts the internal state and likely blows up when any of
> those pages gets used.
> Reported-by: Robert Shteynfeld <robert.shteynfeld@xxxxxxxxx>
> Fixes: 2830bf6f05fb ("mm, memory_hotplug: initialize struct pages for the full memory section")
> Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxx
> Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <alexander.levin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> mm/page_alloc.c | 12 ------------
> 1 file changed, 12 deletions(-)

So it looks like you already had the revert of the earlier patch I
pointed out enqueued as well. So you can probably at a minimum just
drop this patch and the earlier patch that this reverts.


- Alex