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Subject[PATCH] taskstats: Use better ifdef for alignment
 Commit 4be2c95d added a null field to align the taskstats structure but
the discussion centered around ia64. The issue exists on other platforms
with inefficient unaligned access and adding them piecemeal would be
an unmaintainable mess.

This patch uses Dave Miller's suggestion of using a combination of
whether alignment is needed.

Note that this will cause breakage on those platforms with applications
like iotop which had hard-coded offsets into the packet to access the
taskstats structure.

The message seen on systems without the alignment fixes looks like:
kernel unaligned access to 0xe000023879dca9bc, ip=0xa000000100133d10

The addresses may vary but resolve to locations inside __delayacct_add_tsk.

Reported-by: David S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: Jeff Mahoney <>
kernel/taskstats.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/kernel/taskstats.c
+++ b/kernel/taskstats.c
@@ -349,7 +349,7 @@ static int parse(struct nlattr *na, stru
return ret;

-#ifdef CONFIG_IA64

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