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SubjectRe: [PATCH] slub: always align cpu_slab to honor cmpxchg_double requirement
On 6/2/2011 1:16 PM, David Rientjes wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Jun 2011, Chris Metcalf wrote:
>> On an architecture without CMPXCHG_LOCAL but with DEBUG_VM enabled,
>> the VM_BUG_ON() in __pcpu_double_call_return_bool() will cause an early
>> panic during boot unless we always align cpu_slab properly.
>> In principle we could remove the alignment-testing VM_BUG_ON() for
>> architectures that don't have CMPXCHG_LOCAL, but leaving it in means
>> that new code will tend not to break x86 even if it is introduced
>> on another platform, and it's low cost to require alignment.
>> Signed-off-by: Chris Metcalf <>
> Acked-by: David Rientjes <>
>> ---
>> This needs to be pushed for 3.0 to allow arch/tile to boot.
>> I'm happy to push it but I assume it would be better coming
>> from an mm or percpu tree. Thanks!
> Should also be marked for stable for 2.6.39.x, right?

No, in 2.6.39 the irqsafe_cpu_cmpxchg_double() was guarded under "#ifdef
CONFIG_CMPXCHG_LOCAL". Now it's not. I suppose we could take the comment
change in percpu.h for 2.6.39, but it probably doesn't merit churning the
stable tree.

Chris Metcalf, Tilera Corp.

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