mm, coredump: fail allocations when coredumping instead of oom killing
David Rientjes [Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:42:41 +0000 (14:42 -0700)]
The size of coredump files is limited by RLIMIT_CORE, however, allocating
large amounts of memory results in three negative consequences:

 - the coredumping process may be chosen for oom kill and quickly deplete
   all memory reserves in oom conditions preventing further progress from
   being made or tasks from exiting,

 - the coredumping process may cause other processes to be oom killed
   without fault of their own as the result of a SIGSEGV, for example, in
   the coredumping process, or

 - the coredumping process may result in a livelock while writing to the
   dump file if it needs memory to allocate while other threads are in
   the exit path waiting on the coredumper to complete.

This is fixed by implying __GFP_NORETRY in the page allocator for
coredumping processes when reclaim has failed so the allocations fail and
the process continues to exit.

Signed-off-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>
Cc: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>
Cc: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
Cc: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

mm/page_alloc.c

index caea788..c313afc 100644 (file)
@@ -2308,6 +2308,10 @@ rebalance:
                if ((gfp_mask & __GFP_FS) && !(gfp_mask & __GFP_NORETRY)) {
                        if (oom_killer_disabled)
                                goto nopage;
+                       /* Coredumps can quickly deplete all memory reserves */
+                       if ((current->flags & PF_DUMPCORE) &&
+                           !(gfp_mask & __GFP_NOFAIL))
+                               goto nopage;
                        page = __alloc_pages_may_oom(gfp_mask, order,
                                        zonelist, high_zoneidx,
                                        nodemask, preferred_zone,