Memory Allocation Table question ??

David C. Chipman dchipman at
Thu Feb 21 05:50:07 UTC 2008

On Wed, 20 Feb 2008 11:41:33 -0500
William Case <billlinux at> wrote:

> Hi;
> Today Ray Pittigher in his posting "Subject:Is this a Kernel Problem?
> (sh: page allocation failure. order:4, mode:0xd0)" included a table of
> memory allocations:
>         "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
>          Mem-info: etc ..."
> I have been looking for such a table for my memory allocations (just
> for a look-see).  What command or utility can I use to get such a
> table?
> I would like to actually see (just for curiosity and understanding of
> how memory works) user space and kernel space allocations.  I have
> several manuals that explain the use of memory, so I don't need more
> of that type of reading.  I just want one look at the "real thing" on
> my own computer.
> Can anyone make some suggestions?
	Hi William, 

		I must tell you, hat you posted is called a "stack
trace", and it's formatting is that of the kernel, when it dies on ya,
not a print out of a "Memory Allocation Table". It let's you know where
there is a bug in the kernel. Did it come up while you were tryign to
start a program? That's certainly what it looks like (the last four
lines, before "Mem-info etc..."). How ever, you might be able to get
the info you're looking for from twiddling with the "top" command (some
things you seem to be asking about are not a part of the top command's
default display, but I imagine it can be configured to do so). Later,
and good luck in your investigations!

-David CHipman

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