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SubjectRe: [Bug #11342] Linux 2.6.27-rc3: kernel BUG at mm/vmalloc.c - bisected
On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 02:04:57PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
>
> On Tue, 26 Aug 2008, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> >
> > If you think we have too many stacksize problems I'd suggest to consider
> > removing the choice of 4k stacks on i386, sh and m68knommu instead of
> > using -fno-inline-functions-called-once:
>
> Don't be silly. That makes the problem _worse_.
>
> We're much better off with a 1% code-size reduction than forcing big
> stacks on people. The 4kB stack option is also a good way of saying "if it
> works with this, then 8kB is certainly safe".
>...

You implicitely assume both would solve the same problem.

While 4kB stacks are something we anyway never got 100% working, the
cases where gcc inlining functions causes a critical increase in stack
usage are usually not that hard to find, and once found the fix is
trivial.

We should anyway monitor stack usages better since we have frequent
programming errors in this area, and problems caused by gcc can this
way be detected en passant.

You have a good point that aiming at 4kB makes 8kB a very safe choice.

But I do not think the problem you'd solve with
-fno-inline-functions-called-once is big enough to warrant the size
increase it causes.

> Linus

cu
Adrian

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of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed



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