On Tue 04-12-18 11:05:57, Pingfan Liu wrote:
> During my test on some AMD machine, with kexec -l nr_cpus=x option, the
> kernel failed to bootup, because some node's data struct can not be allocated,
> e.g, on x86, initialized by init_cpu_to_node()->init_memory_less_node(). But
> device->numa_node info is used as preferred_nid param for
> __alloc_pages_nodemask(), which causes NULL reference
>   ac->zonelist = node_zonelist(preferred_nid, gfp_mask);
> This patch tries to fix the issue by falling back to the first online node,
> when encountering such corner case.

We have seen similar issues already and the bug was usually that the
zonelists were not initialized yet or the node is completely bogus.
Zonelists should be initialized by build_all_zonelists quite early so I
am wondering whether the later is the case. What is the actual node
number the device is associated with?

Your patch is not correct btw, because we want to fallback into the node in
the distance order rather into the first online node.
Michal Hocko

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