[CentOS] page allocation failure. order:0, mode:0x50
sbergman at rueb.com
Sat Nov 4 13:18:54 UTC 2006
Just because I've been pulling my hair out for over a month about this
problem, I'd like to get it into the archives.
When copying large files (multigigabyte) on a CentOS 4.4 4GB Xeon
(running 32 bit) server (2.6.9-42.0.3.ELsmp), I was getting:
page allocation failure. order:0, mode:0x50
(snip lines and lines of debug output)
This was accompanied by a huge swapout storm that brought the system to
a near standstill.
Also, it could trigger OOM-Killer activity.
Setting /proc/sys/vm/lower_zone_protection to 150 seems to prevent the
problem. (It's not been long enough that I'm *certain* that it's fixed
but it seems to be.)
The upstream bug report is here:
Hope this helps someone someday, because I had a heck of a time finding
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