kernel BUG in __cache_alloc_node at linux-2.6.git/mm/slab.c:3177!

Christoph Lameter clameter at
Sat Oct 21 03:46:13 EST 2006

Here is the patch:

Slab: Do not fallback to nodes that have not been bootstrapped yet

The zonelist may contain zones of nodes that have not been bootstrapped 
and we will oops if we try to allocate from those zones. So check if the 
node information for the slab and the node have been setup before 
attempting an allocation. If it has not been setup then skip that zone.

Usually we will not encounter this situation since the slab bootstrap
code avoids falling back before we have setup the respective nodes but we 
seem to have a special needs for pppc.

Signed-off-by: Christoph Lameter <clameter at>

Index: linux-2.6.19-rc2-mm1/mm/slab.c
--- linux-2.6.19-rc2-mm1.orig/mm/slab.c	2006-10-20 12:39:02.000000000 -0500
+++ linux-2.6.19-rc2-mm1/mm/slab.c	2006-10-20 12:41:04.137684581 -0500
@@ -3160,12 +3160,15 @@ void *fallback_alloc(struct kmem_cache *
 	struct zone **z;
 	void *obj = NULL;
-	for (z = zonelist->zones; *z && !obj; z++)
+	for (z = zonelist->zones; *z && !obj; z++) {
+		int nid = zone_to_nid(*z);
 		if (zone_idx(*z) <= ZONE_NORMAL &&
-				cpuset_zone_allowed(*z, flags))
+				cpuset_zone_allowed(*z, flags) &&
+				cache->nodelists[nid])
 			obj = __cache_alloc_node(cache,
-					flags | __GFP_THISNODE,
-					zone_to_nid(*z));
+					flags | __GFP_THISNODE, nid);
+	}
 	return obj;

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