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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] WTF is VLI?
    On Fri, 12 Nov 2004, Horst von Brand wrote:
    > Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com> said:
    > > On Thu, Nov 11, 2004 at 09:05:11PM +0000, Hugh Dickins wrote:
    > > > What is this "VLI" that 2.6.9 started putting after the taint string
    > > > in i386 oopses? Vick Library Index? Vineyard Leadership Institute?
    > >
    > > "Variable length instructions". I think newer ksymoops looks
    > > for this tag and does something magical when doing disassembly.
    >
    > Huh? Either an architecture has them (i386) or doesn't (RISCs).
    > Or am I seriously misunderstanding here?

    I share your surprise, it does seem rather odd. I think what it's
    really trying to do is distinguish how 2.6.9 starts the "Code:" bytes
    at eip - 43, where 2.6.8 started at eip; but flag that since it's VLI
    then it's got a bit of guessing to do. I'd have preferred to work it
    out from i386 and the new "<%02x>" around the eip byte itself, rather
    than stick a "VLI" somewhere else; but let's not interfere now it's so.

    Hugh

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