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SubjectRe: [Bug #11342] Linux 2.6.27-rc3: kernel BUG at mm/vmalloc.c - bisected

On Tue, 26 Aug 2008, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> A debugging option (for better traces) to disallow gcc some inlining
> might make sense (and might even make sense for distributions to
> enable in their kernels), but when you go to use cases that require
> really small kernels the cost is too high.

You ignore the fact that it's really not just about debugging.

Inlining really isn't the great tool some people think it is. Especially
not since gcc stack allocation is so horrid that it won't re-use stack
slots etc (which I don't disagree with per se - it's _hard_ to re-use
stack slots while still allowing code scheduling).

NOTE! I also would never claim that _our_ choices of "inline" are all that
great, and we've often inlined too much or not inlined things that really
could be inlined. But at least when a developer says "inline" (or forgets
to say it), we have somebody to blame. When the compiler does insane
things that doesn't suit us, we're just screwed.

> But if you don't trust gcc's inlining you should revert
> commit 3f9b5cc018566ad9562df0648395649aebdbc5e0 that increases gcc's
> freedom regarding what to inline in 2.6.27

Actually, that just allows gcc to _not_ inline. Which is probably ok.

(Well, it would be ok if gcc did it well enough, it obviously has some
problems at times).


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