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SubjectRe: kernel BUG at slab.c:1542!(2.4.1-pre9)
Gregory Maxwell wrote:
>
> On Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 01:58:22PM +0100, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > > This is not a kernel bug, This is a bug in the XFree86 TrueType rendering
> > > extention. This has been discussed on the Xpert XFree86 mailing list. There
> > > is a fix in the works (depends on the TrueType fonts your using).
> >
> > A BUG is a BUG:
> >
> > > > kernel BUG at slab.c:1542!
> >
> > The kernel should never oops, no matter what user space does to it.
>
> The kernel appears to run fine with this bug() removed.

I don't know much about the history of this bug but it's quite clear
it's deliberately inserted:

void * kmalloc (size_t size, int flags)
<if allocation succeeds, exit>
BUG(); // too big size
return NULL;
It says "kernel allocation will *never* fail, and if you try to kmalloc
something too large, that's a bug too" - not a reason to try again. I'd
check with Linus before solving the problem that way ;-)

--
Daniel
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