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Date:	Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:40:30 +0000
From:	Mel Gorman <mel@....ul.ie>
To:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, stable@...nel.org
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	"linux-mm@...ck.org\"" <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
	Frans Pop <elendil@...net.nl>, Jiri Kosina <jkosina@...e.cz>,
	Sven Geggus <lists@...hsschwanzdomain.de>,
	Karol Lewandowski <karol.k.lewandowski@...il.com>,
	Tobias Oetiker <tobi@...iker.ch>,
	KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@...fujitsu.com>,
	Pekka Enberg <penberg@...helsinki.fi>,
	Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>,
	Christoph Lameter <cl@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Stephan von Krawczynski <skraw@...net.com>,
	"Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@...k.pl>,
	Kernel Testers List <kernel-testers@...r.kernel.org>,
	Mel Gorman <mel@....ul.ie>
Subject: [PATCH 0/3] Reduce GFP_ATOMIC allocation failures, partial fix V3

Since 2.6.31-rc1, there have been an increasing number of GFP_ATOMIC
failures. A significant number of these have been high-order GFP_ATOMIC
failures and while they are generally brushed away, there has been a large
increase in them recently and there are a number of possible areas the
problem could be in - core vm, page writeback and a specific driver. The
bugs affected by this that I am aware of are;

[Bug #14141] order 2 page allocation failures in iwlagn
[Bug #14141] order 2 page allocation failures (generic)
[Bug #14265] ifconfig: page allocation failure. order:5, mode:0x8020 w/ e100
[No BZ ID]   Kernel crash on 2.6.31.x (kcryptd: page allocation failure..)
[No BZ ID]   page allocation failure message kernel 2.6.31.4 (tty-related)

The three patches in this series partially address the problem. I am
proposing these for merging to mainline and -stable now to reduce the number
of duplicate bug reports. The following bug should be fixed by these patches.

[No BZ ID] page allocation failure message kernel 2.6.31.4 (tty-related)

The following bug becomes very difficult to reproduce with these patches;

[Bug #14265] ifconfig: page allocation failure. order:5, mode:0x8020 w/ e100

The rest of the bugs remain open.

If these patches are agreed upon, they should be also considered -stable
candidates. Patch 1 does not apply cleanly but I can supply a version
that does.

 mm/page_alloc.c |    4 ++--
 mm/vmscan.c     |    9 +++++++++
 2 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

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