memcg creates an unkillable task in 3.11-rc2

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Tue Jul 30 16:37:46 UTC 2013


Michal Hocko <mhocko at suse.cz> writes:

> On Tue 30-07-13 01:19:31, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> [...]
>> Hmm. Looking farther I see what is going on. And it has nothing to do
>> with the freezer. (I have commented out that code and reproduced it
>> without the freezer to be doubly certain).
>> 
>> 
>> On the exit path exit_robust_list is triggering a page fault to fault a
>> page back in.  Which since we have no memory causes the exit path
>> to get stuck in mem_cgroup_handle_oom.
>
> Hmm, interesting. I assume the exit is caused by the SIGKILL, right?
> If yes, then why it hasn't coughed early in __mem_cgroup_try_charge

Interesting question.  This isn't the primary thread but we do send
SIGKILL to the secondary threads as well.

We definitely need those checks on both paths making my change valid.

Oh. Duh!  This is after we act on SIGKILL so SIGKILL is no longer
pending.

That is how it makes it through __mem_cgroup_try_charge.


>> Which means the following change should fix the hang.  I will test it in just
>> a second.
>> 
>> The problem is that we only handled pending fatal signals and exiting
>> processes when the OOM logic was enabled. Sigh.
>
> If this is about PF_EXITING then we should handle that earlier in the
> code chain (__mem_cgroup_try_charge sounds like a proper place). Let me
> think about that.

We also need to test for fatal signals before we sleep in both boths of
mem_cgroup_out_of_memory.  But yes testing for this condition earlier
so we don't have to do a lot of work before we get out would not be a
bad thing.

Eric


>
> Thanks for debugging this!
>
>> Eric
>> 
>> diff --git a/mm/memcontrol.c b/mm/memcontrol.c
>> index 00a7a66..5998a57 100644
>> --- a/mm/memcontrol.c
>> +++ b/mm/memcontrol.c
>> @@ -1792,16 +1792,6 @@ static void mem_cgroup_out_of_memory(struct mem_cgroup *memcg, gfp_t gfp_mask,
>>         unsigned int points = 0;
>>         struct task_struct *chosen = NULL;
>>  
>> -       /*
>> -        * If current has a pending SIGKILL or is exiting, then automatically
>> -        * select it.  The goal is to allow it to allocate so that it may
>> -        * quickly exit and free its memory.
>> -        */
>> -       if (fatal_signal_pending(current) || current->flags & PF_EXITING) {
>> -               set_thread_flag(TIF_MEMDIE);
>> -               return;
>> -       }
>> -
>>         check_panic_on_oom(CONSTRAINT_MEMCG, gfp_mask, order, NULL);
>>         totalpages = mem_cgroup_get_limit(memcg) >> PAGE_SHIFT ? : 1;
>>         for_each_mem_cgroup_tree(iter, memcg) {
>> @@ -2220,7 +2210,15 @@ static bool mem_cgroup_handle_oom(struct mem_cgroup *memcg, gfp_t mask,
>>                 mem_cgroup_oom_notify(memcg);
>>         spin_unlock(&memcg_oom_lock);
>>  
>> -       if (need_to_kill) {
>> +       /*
>> +        * If current has a pending SIGKILL or is exiting, then automatically
>> +        * select it.  The goal is to allow it to allocate so that it may
>> +        * quickly exit and free its memory.
>> +        */
>> +       if (fatal_signal_pending(current) || current->flags & PF_EXITING) {
>> +               set_thread_flag(TIF_MEMDIE);
>> +               finish_wait(&memcg_oom_waitq, &owait.wait);
>> +       } else if (need_to_kill) {
>>                 finish_wait(&memcg_oom_waitq, &owait.wait);
>>                 mem_cgroup_out_of_memory(memcg, mask, order);
>>         } else {


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