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Date:	Tue, 12 Jan 2010 18:13:10 -0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
From:	"Brandeburg, Jesse" <>
To:	Ben Greear <>
cc:	NetDev <>,
Subject: Re: ixgbe NULLL pointer dereference on OOM condition,

On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, Ben Greear wrote:

> This is on a hacked kernel.  I'm testing an application that creates
> 30,000+ TCP connections (to self).  The system is 64-bit with 12GB of RAM, but
> it can still run out of usable RAM (say, when I start another 10k connections
> to bring it up to 40k).
> It looks like something in ixgbe isn't properly checking for inability
> to allocate (or to have previously allocated) an skb, or perhaps some other
> chunk of memory:
> [root@...03-10G-09 ~]# BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000000000000e8
> IP: [<ffffffffa0054ca0>] ixgbe_clean_rx_irq+0xe4/0x522 [ixgbe]

Hi Ben, thanks for the report, is there a chance you can run gdb on your 
kernel (was it compiled with debug info?) and check the
gdb> l *(ixgbe_clean_rx_irq+0xe4)

Sorry I'm so slow to respond.

it seems there are some unwind problems after the recent round of patches 
to remove skb_dma_map/unmap, but those were only introduced in 2.6.33-rc1.  
Before that we weren't aware of any failure path issues.

I'm building a kernel now to see if I can figure out the offset where 
you're showing the problem.

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