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Re: %u-order allocation failed

To: mikulas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: %u-order allocation failed
From: Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 23:42:18 +0100 (BST)
Cc: alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Alan Cox), anton@xxxxxxxxx (Anton Blanchard), riel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Rik van Riel), kszysiu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Krzysztof Rusocki), linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx, linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <Pine.LNX.3.96.1011007002406.18004A-100000@artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz> from "Mikulas Patocka" at Oct 07, 2001 12:31:27 AM
Sender: owner-linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
> > Nothing dangeorus there. The -ac vm isnt triggering these cases.
> 
> Sorry, but it can be triggered by _ANY_ VM since buddy allocator was
> introduced. You have no guarantee, that you find two or more consecutive
> free pages. And if you don't, poll() fails. 

The two page case isnt one you need to worry about. To all intents and
purposes it does not happen, and if you do the maths it isnt going to fail
in any interesting ways. Once you go to the 4 page set the odds get a lot
longer and then rapidly get very bad indeed,

Alan


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