From: Andi Kleen (
Date: 07/06/04

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    Date:	6 Jul 2004 23:03:31 +0200
    Date:	Tue, 6 Jul 2004 23:03:31 +0200
    To: Andrew Morton <>

    On Mon, Jul 05, 2004 at 11:49:45PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
    > Andi Kleen <> wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > > I tested 2.6.7-mm6 with NUMA on with CONFIG_SLAB_DEBUG and I didn't see any
    > > oopses. Do you have a recipe to reproduce them?
    > >
    > Still happens here. Booting SLES9.1 with the attached config.


    Here's a patch. The problem was that the kernel exit would allocate
    memory to send exit signals after the local mempolicy was already freed,
    but not zeroed. When the allocator tried to grab more memory it would
    fall over.



    Move the memory policy freeing to later in exit to make sure
    the last memory allocations don't use an uninitialized policy

    diff -u linux-2.6.7-mm6/kernel/exit.c-o linux-2.6.7-mm6/kernel/exit.c
    --- linux-2.6.7-mm6/kernel/exit.c-o 2004-07-06 05:59:39.000000000 +0200
    +++ linux-2.6.7-mm6/kernel/exit.c 2004-07-06 22:58:39.000000000 +0200
    @@ -828,9 +828,6 @@
    -#ifdef CONFIG_NUMA
    - mpol_free(tsk->mempolicy);
             if (tsk->signal->leader)
    @@ -841,6 +838,10 @@
             tsk->exit_code = code;
    +#ifdef CONFIG_NUMA
    + mpol_free(tsk->mempolicy);
    + tsk->mempolicy = NULL;
             /* Avoid "noreturn function does return". */
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