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[Bug 1518457] Re: kswapd0 100% CPU usage
So, I've had an exciting evening armed with ftrace and a kernel
debugger. I'm questioning my own sanity a bit here, but I'm fairly sure
at this point that setting ftrace going and loading the kernel debugging
module (I'm using kgdboe here because I'm on AWS) stop whatever the
issue is from happening - kswapd0's CPU usage doesn't even increase with
them enabled, never mind run out of control. However, it *is* possible
to trigger issue and then enable ftrace or load the debug module and
break in. I haven't found the debugger super useful, though I did manage
to break into kswapd0 while it was doing things at one point, so it's
potentially an option if necessary. ftrace looked more useful; I've
attached a trace of an arbitrary time slice taken with the issue
happening. Happy to do extra work with either if these if anyone has
** Attachment added: "ftrace of kswapd0 exhibiting issue"
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kswapd0 100% CPU usage
Status in linux package in Ubuntu:
As per bug 721896 and various others:
I'm on an AWS t2.micro instance (Xeon E5-2670, 991MiB of memory).
Occasionally (about once a day), kswapd0 falls into a busy loop and
spins on 100% CPU usage indefinitely. This can be provoked by
copying/writing large files (e.g. dding a 256MB file), but it happens
occasionally otherwise. System memory usage (not including
buffers/caches) currently sits at 36%, which is typical. Initially
I had no swap space configured; I've since tried enabling a 256MB swap
file, but the problem continues to occur and no swap space is used.
The system can be recovered with `echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches`.
Happy to provide further information/take further debugging actions.
 Full output from `free`:
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 1014936 483448 531488 28556 9756 112700
-/+ buffers/cache: 360992 653944
Swap: 262140 0 262140
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.10
Package: linux-image-4.2.0-18-generic 4.2.0-18.22
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.2.0-18.22-generic 4.2.3
Uname: Linux 4.2.0-18-generic x86_64
crw-rw---- 1 root audio 116, 1 Nov 19 19:40 seq
crw-rw---- 1 root audio 116, 33 Nov 19 19:40 timer
AplayDevices: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'aplay'
ArecordDevices: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'arecord'
AudioDevicesInUse: Error: command ['fuser', '-v', '/dev/snd/seq', '/dev/snd/timer'] failed with exit code 1:
Date: Fri Nov 20 20:44:30 2015
IwConfig: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'iwconfig'
Lsusb: Error: command ['lsusb'] failed with exit code 1: unable to initialize libusb: -99
MachineType: Xen HVM domU
PATH=(custom, no user)
ProcFB: 0 xen
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.2.0-18-generic root=UUID=35bc01f4-4602-4823-976e-508edef899df ro console=tty1 console=ttyS0 net.ifnames=0
RfKill: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'rfkill'
UdevLog: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/log/udev'
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.product.name: HVM domU
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