Is this a Kernel Problem? (sh: page allocation failure. order:4, mode:0xd0)

Gilboa Davara gilboad at
Wed Feb 20 16:21:14 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-02-20 at 10:57 -0500, Ray Pittigher wrote:
> Is this a Kernel problem or maybe a appication problem?
>  sh: page allocation failure. order:4, mode:0xd0
>   [<c0144410>] __alloc_pages+0x294/0x2a6
>   [<c014443a>] __get_free_pages+0x18/0x24
>   [<c0146f60>] kmem_getpages+0x1c/0xbb
>   [<c0147aae>] cache_grow+0xab/0x138
>   [<c0147ca0>] cache_alloc_refill+0x165/0x19d
>   [<c0148074>] __kmalloc+0x76/0x88
>   [<c013dff9>] audit_bprm+0x52/0x10a
>   [<c014b953>] kunmap_high+0x63/0x80
>   [<c0163aed>] copy_strings+0x22b/0x235
>   [<c0164b66>] search_binary_handler+0x32/0x22a
>   [<c0164ecb>] do_execve+0x16d/0x1fd
>   [<c01049d5>] sys_execve+0x2b/0x8a
>   [<c02d5ee3>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb

In general, your kernel ran out of memory.
However, can you add more information? ('free -m' while it happens;
'vmstat'; etc)

- Gilboa

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