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SubjectRe: [Bug #11342] Linux 2.6.27-rc3: kernel BUG at mm/vmalloc.c - bisected
On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 01:00:52AM +0900, Paul Mundt wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 02:58:30PM +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 05:28:37PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > > On Wed, 27 Aug 2008, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > >
> > > > When did we get callpaths like like nfs+xfs+md+scsi reliably
> > > > working with 4kB stacks on x86-32?
> > >
> > > XFS may never have been usable, but the rest, sure.
> > >
> > > And you seem to be making this whole argument an excuse to SUCK, adn an
> > > excuse to let gcc crap even more on our stack space.
> > >
> > > Why?
> > >
> > > Why aren't you saying that we should be able to do better? Instead, you
> > > seem to asking us to do even worse than we do now?
> >
> > My main point is:
> > - getting 4kB stacks working reliably is a hard task
> > - having an eye on gcc increasing the stack usage, and fixing it if
> > required, is relatively easy
> >
> > If we should be able to do better at getting (and keeping) 4kB stacks
> > working, then coping with possible inlining problems caused by gcc
> > should not be a big problem for us.
> >
> Out of the architectures you've mentioned for 4k stacks, they also tend
> to do IRQ stacks, which is something you seem to have overlooked.

No, I am aware of that, and on i386 IRQ stacks are only used with
4kB stacks.

On i386 it is effectively a step from 6kB to 4kB.

> In addition to that, debugging the runaway stack users on 4k tends to be
> easier anyways since you end up blowing the stack a lot sooner. On sh
> we've had pretty good luck with it, though most of our users are using
> fairly deterministic workloads and continually profiling the footprint.
> Anything that runs away or uses an insane amount of stack space needs to
> be fixed well before that anyways, so catching it sooner is always
> preferable. I imagine the same case is true for m68knommu (even sans IRQ
> stacks).

CONFIG_DEBUG_STACKOVERFLOW should give you the same information, and if
wanted with an arbitrary limit.

> Things might be more sensitive on x86, but it's certainly not something
> that's a huge problem for the various embedded platforms to wire up,
> whether they want to go the IRQ stack route or not.

How many platforms use 4kB stacks on sh?

Only 1 out of 34 defconfigs uses it.

Are there any numbers for real life usage.

> In any event, lack of support for something on embedded architectures in
> the kernel is more often due to apathy/utter indifference on the part of
> the architecture maintainer rather than being indicative of any intrinsic
> difficulty in supporting the thing in question. Most new "features" on the
> lesser maintained architectures tend to end up there either out of peer
> pressure or copying-and-pasting accidents rather than any sort of design.
> ;-)

arm or powerpc aren't exactly lesser maintained architectures.

4kB has shown to be a hard to achieve limit. After more than 4 years in
mainline being available on i386 there are still cases where 4kB are not
enough.

IMHO there seems to currently be a mismatch between it's maintainance
cost and the actual number of users. That's in my opinion the main
problem with it, no matter in which direction it gets resolved.

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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