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Date:	Tue, 19 Dec 2006 18:22:03 -0800
From:	Suzuki <>
To:	Andrew Morton <>
CC:	lkml <>,,, amit <>,
Subject: Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Fix kmalloc flags used in ext3 with an active	journal

Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 19 Dec 2006 17:58:12 -0800
> Suzuki <> wrote:
>>* Fix the kmalloc flags used from within ext3, when we have an active journal handle
>>	If we do a kmalloc with GFP_KERNEL on system running low on memory, with an active journal handle, we might end up in cleaning up the fs cache flushing dirty inodes for some other filesystem. This would cause hitting a J_ASSERT() in :
> The change might be needed (haven't looked at it yet).  But I'd like to see
> the full BUG trace, please.  To see the callchain.

Here is the call trace which was hit by one of our test teams. This was 
from fs/ext3/xattr.c. While looking for similar calls I found the others 
described in the patch.

Assertion failure in journal_start() at fs/jbd/transaction.c:274: "handle-
 >h_transaction->t_journal == journal"
kernel BUG at fs/jbd/transaction.c:274!
illegal operation: 0001 [#1]
CPU:    0    Not tainted (2.6.5-7.282-s390x SLES9_SP3_BRANCH-20061031152356)
Process dbench (pid: 14070, task: 00000000025617f0, ksp: 0000000001057630)
Krnl PSW : 0700000180000000 0000000008837b38 (journal_start+0x90/0x15c 
Krnl GPRS: 0000000000000000 0000000000507fc0 000000000000002b 
            0000000008837b36 0000000000002885 0000000008841da6 
            00000000001bfaa0 0000000003483d08 0000000000000002 
            0000000008833000 00000000088a7d08 0000000008837b36 
Krnl Code: 00 00 58 10 b0 0c a7 1a 00 01 b9 04 00 2b 50 10 b0 0c e3 40
Call Trace:
  [<00000000088a30fc>] ext3_journal_start+0x8c/0xa4 [ext3]
  [<0000000008896822>] ext3_dirty_inode+0x3a/0xe0 [ext3]
  [<00000000001ca362>] __mark_inode_dirty+0x1ae/0x1c8
  [<00000000001bfaa0>] iput+0xbc/0xf0
  [<00000000001bdcca>] prune_dcache+0x29e/0x584
  [<00000000001bdfe4>] shrink_dcache_memory+0x34/0x54
  [<000000000017b100>] shrink_slab+0x15c/0x250
  [<000000000017b6e4>] try_to_free_pages+0x1c0/0x2a4
  [<0000000000170276>] __alloc_pages+0x2ba/0x4e0
  [<000000000017059a>] __get_free_pages+0x4e/0x8c
  [<0000000000174ea2>] cache_alloc_refill+0x2a6/0x868
  [<0000000000175540>] __kmalloc+0xdc/0xe0
  [<00000000088a4e62>] ext3_xattr_set_handle+0x114a/0x174c [ext3]
  [<00000000088a54e4>] ext3_xattr_set+0x80/0xd0 [ext3]
  [<00000000088a6312>] ext3_xattr_user_set+0xce/0xe4 [ext3]
  [<00000000088a5f1e>] ext3_setxattr+0x17e/0x18c [ext3]
  [<00000000001c88e6>] setxattr+0x14a/0x234
  [<00000000001c8a80>] sys_fsetxattr+0xb0/0x110
  [<000000000011fc10>] sysc_noemu+0x10/0x16
> Always include the trace...

Will take care of it from now onwards.
> Thanks.

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