Recent 3.x kernels: Memory leak causing OOMs

Catalin Marinas catalin.marinas at
Mon Feb 17 13:34:28 EST 2014

On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 04:43:54PM -0500, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 08:05:04PM +0000, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > I have another machine which OOM'd a week ago with plenty of unused swap
> > - it uses ext3 on raid1 and is a more busy system.  That took 41 days
> > to show, and upon reboot, it got a kernel with kmemleak enabled.  So far,
> > after 7 days, kmemleak has found nothing at all.
> If kmemleak doesn't show anything, then presumably it's not a leak of
> the slab object.  Does /proc/meminfo show anything interesting?  Maybe
> it's a page getting leaked (which wouldn't be noticed by kmemleak)

Kmemleak also doesn't notice leaked objects that are added to a list for
example (still referenced). Maybe /proc/slabinfo would give some clues.


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