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Re: [xen-unstable test] 164996: regressions - FAIL


Sorry for the formatting.

On Thu, 23 Sep 2021, 06:10 Stefano Stabellini, <sstabellini@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Wed, 22 Sep 2021, Jan Beulich wrote:
> On 22.09.2021 01:38, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
> > On Mon, 20 Sep 2021, Ian Jackson wrote:
> >> Jan Beulich writes ("Re: [xen-unstable test] 164996: regressions - FAIL"):
> >>> As per
> >>>
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.502598 [ 1613.322585] Mem-Info:
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.502643 [ 1613.324918] active_anon:5639 inactive_anon:15857 isolated_anon:0
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.514480 [ 1613.324918]  active_file:13286 inactive_file:11182 isolated_file:0
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.514545 [ 1613.324918]  unevictable:0 dirty:30 writeback:0 unstable:0
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.526477 [ 1613.324918]  slab_reclaimable:10922 slab_unreclaimable:30234
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.526540 [ 1613.324918]  mapped:11277 shmem:10975 pagetables:401 bounce:0
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.538474 [ 1613.324918]  free:8364 free_pcp:100 free_cma:1650
> >>>
> >>> the system doesn't look to really be out of memory; as per
> >>>
> >>> Sep 15 14:44:55.598538 [ 1613.419061] DMA32: 2788*4kB (UMEC) 890*8kB (UMEC) 497*16kB (UMEC) 36*32kB (UMC) 1*64kB (C) 1*128kB (C) 9*256kB (C) 7*512kB (C) 0*1024kB 0*2048kB 0*4096kB = 33456kB
> >>>
> >>> there even look to be a number of higher order pages available (albeit
> >>> without digging I can't tell what "(C)" means). Nevertheless order-4
> >>> allocations aren't really nice.
> >>
> >> The host history suggests this may possibly be related to a qemu update.
> >>
> >> http://logs.test-lab.xenproject.org/osstest/results/host/rochester0.html
> Stefano - as per some of your investigation detailed further down I
> wonder whether you had seen this part of Ian's reply. (Question of
> course then is how that qemu update had managed to get pushed.)
> >> The grub cfg has this:
> >>
> >>  multiboot /xen placeholder conswitch=x watchdog noreboot async-show-all console=dtuart dom0_mem=512M,max:512M ucode=scan  ${xen_rm_opts}
> >>
> >> It's not clear to me whether xen_rm_opts is "" or "no-real-mode edd=off".
> >
> > I definitely recommend to increase dom0 memory, especially as I guess
> > the box is going to have a significant amount, far more than 4GB. I
> > would set it to 2GB. Also the syntax on ARM is simpler, so it should be
> > just: dom0_mem=2G
> Ian - I guess that's an adjustment relatively easy to make? I wonder
> though whether we wouldn't want to address the underlying issue first.
> Presumably not, because the fix would likely take quite some time to
> propagate suitably. Yet if not, we will want to have some way of
> verifying that an eventual fix there would have helped here.
> > In addition, I also did some investigation just in case there is
> > actually a bug in the code and it is not a simple OOM problem.
> I think the actual issue is quite clear; what I'm struggling with is
> why we weren't hit by it earlier.
> As imo always, non-order-0 allocations (perhaps excluding the bringing
> up of the kernel or whichever entity) are to be avoided it at possible.
> The offender in this case looks to be privcmd's alloc_empty_pages().
> For it to request through kcalloc() what ends up being an order-4
> allocation, the original IOCTL_PRIVCMD_MMAPBATCH must specify a pretty
> large chunk of guest memory to get mapped. Which may in turn be
> questionable, but I'm afraid I don't have the time to try to drill
> down where that request is coming from and whether that also wouldn't
> better be split up.
> The solution looks simple enough - convert from kcalloc() to kvcalloc().
> I can certainly spin up a patch to Linux to this effect. Yet that still
> won't answer the question of why this issue has popped up all of the
> sudden (and hence whether there are things wanting changing elsewhere
> as well).

Also, I saw your patches for Linux. Let's say that the patches are
reviewed and enqueued immediately to be sent to Linus at the next
opportunity. It is going to take a while for them to take effect in
OSSTest, unless we import them somehow in the Linux tree used by OSSTest
straight away, right?

For Arm testing we don't use a branch provided by Linux upstream. So your wait will be forever :).

Should we arrange for one test OSSTest flight now with the patches
applied to see if they actually fix the issue? Otherwise we might end up
waiting for nothing...

We could push the patch in the branch we have. However the Linux we use is not fairly old (I think I did a push last year) and not even the latest stable.

I can't remember whether we still have some patches on top of Linux to run on arm (specifically 32-bit). So maybe we should start to track upstream instead?

This will have the benefits to pick any new patches.





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