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Bug 225125 - Committed_AS of /proc/meminfo shows negative number
Summary: Committed_AS of /proc/meminfo shows negative number
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 3.0
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Nalin Dahyabhai
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
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Reported: 2007-01-29 04:58 UTC by Ryutaro Hayashi
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-10-19 18:39:04 UTC
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Description Ryutaro Hayashi 2007-01-29 04:58:54 UTC
Description of problem:

/proc/meminfo shows Committed_AS with negative number as follows:

        total:    used:    free:  shared: buffers:  cached:
Mem:  33149558784 4430745600 28718813184        0 122040320 2080837632
Swap: 34356985856 24088576 34332897280
MemTotal:     32372616 kB
MemFree:      28045716 kB
MemShared:           0 kB
Buffers:        119180 kB
Cached:        2022016 kB
SwapCached:      10052 kB
Active:        1896768 kB
ActiveAnon:    1121084 kB
ActiveCache:    775684 kB
Inact_dirty:    924904 kB
Inact_laundry:  440304 kB
Inact_clean:      1444 kB
Inact_target:   652684 kB
HighTotal:           0 kB
HighFree:            0 kB
LowTotal:     32372616 kB
LowFree:      28045716 kB
SwapTotal:    33551744 kB
SwapFree:     33528220 kB
CommitLimit:  49738052 kB
Committed_AS: 18446744073702003296 kB    <----
HugePages_Total:     0
HugePages_Free:      0
Hugepagesize:     2048 kB

Are there any known bugs? I think there is a code which subtract freed memory
size from vm_committed_space too much. And there is no process that consume 
large memory.

If the vm.overcommit_memory is set to 2 when Committed_AS is negative value, 
the system would run into so many problem, I think.

Any help is appreciated.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

The above symptom happens in RHEL 3 update 6 and 8 as long as I know.

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Comment 1 Ryutaro Hayashi 2007-02-20 10:48:31 UTC
Found root cause. This issue is caused by ia32 program. As often as 
ia32 binary is executed, the vm_committed_space is getting rower. 
And then finally, vm_committed_space become negative value.

Could you please look into this issue? 
You can easily reproduce by following steps.

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Create ia32 binary by gcc with -m32 on RHEL3 x86_64 system.

# vi test.c
int main(int argc, char **argv)
  /* Do nothing */

# gcc -o ia32test -m32 ia32test.c

2. Run the program so many times.

# i=0; while [ "$i" -lt 100000 ]; do ./ia32test; i=`expr $i + 1`; done

3. Make sure Committed_AS shows negative value.

# cat /proc/meminfo 
        total:    used:    free:  shared: buffers:  cached:
Mem:  16034414592 237867008 15796547584        0 14868480 66973696
Swap: 17182601216        0 17182601216
MemTotal:     15658608 kB
MemFree:      15426316 kB
MemShared:           0 kB
Buffers:         14520 kB
Cached:          65404 kB
SwapCached:          0 kB
Active:         112508 kB
ActiveAnon:      53440 kB
ActiveCache:     59068 kB
Inact_dirty:     15192 kB
Inact_laundry:    5472 kB
Inact_clean:         0 kB
Inact_target:    26632 kB
HighTotal:           0 kB
HighFree:            0 kB
LowTotal:     15658608 kB
LowFree:      15426316 kB
SwapTotal:    16779884 kB
SwapFree:     16779884 kB
CommitLimit:  24609188 kB
Committed_AS: 18446744073709534888 kB  <---------
HugePages_Total:     0
HugePages_Free:      0
Hugepagesize:     2048 kB


The problem is ia32_setup_arg_pages() in arch/x86_64/ia32/ia32_binfmt.c.
After allocating vm_area_struct for stack segment, vm_enough_memory()
should be called in order to reduce vm_committed_space. But the following
code does not call it. I think this is the root cause.

int ia32_setup_arg_pages(struct linux_binprm *bprm, int executable_stack)
        unsigned long stack_base;
        struct vm_area_struct *mpnt;
        int i, ret;

        stack_base = IA32_STACK_TOP - MAX_ARG_PAGES*PAGE_SIZE;

        bprm->p += stack_base;
        if (bprm->loader)
                bprm->loader += stack_base;
        bprm->exec += stack_base;

        mpnt = kmem_cache_alloc(vm_area_cachep, SLAB_KERNEL);
        if (!mpnt)
                return -ENOMEM;
                mpnt->vm_mm = current->mm;
                mpnt->vm_start = PAGE_MASK & (unsigned long) bprm->p;
                mpnt->vm_end = IA32_STACK_TOP;
                if (executable_stack)
                        mpnt->vm_flags = vm_stack_flags32;
                        mpnt->vm_flags = vm_stack_flags32 & ~VM_EXEC;
                mpnt->vm_page_prot = (mpnt->vm_flags & VM_EXEC) ? 
                        PAGE_COPY_EXEC : PAGE_COPY;
                mpnt->vm_ops = NULL;
                mpnt->vm_pgoff = 0;
                mpnt->vm_file = NULL;
                mpnt->vm_private_data = (void *) 0;
                if ((ret = insert_vm_struct(current->mm, mpnt))) {
                        kmem_cache_free(vm_area_cachep, mpnt);
                        return ret;
                current->mm->total_vm = (mpnt->vm_end - mpnt->vm_start) >>


Comment 2 Ryutaro Hayashi 2007-02-20 11:33:30 UTC
>> should be called in order to reduce vm_committed_space. But the following
>> code does not call it. I think this is the root cause.

Sorry, "in order to add the size of vm_area_struct to vm_committed_space" is

Comment 3 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-10-19 18:39:04 UTC
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, which is in maintenance phase.
During the maintenance phase, only security errata and select mission
critical bug fixes will be released for enterprise products. Since
this bug does not meet that criteria, it is now being closed.
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