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SubjectRe: 8139too: defunct threads

On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, Manfred Spraul wrote:

> >> Ah. Of course. All (or most) kernel initialisation is
> >> done by PID 1. Search for "kernel_thread" in init/main.c
> >>
> >> So it seems that in your setup, process 1 is not reaping
> >> children, which is why this hasn't been reported before.
> >> Is there something unusual about your setup?
> > I found the difference which causes this. If I build my kernel with
> > IP_PNP (IP: kernel level autoconfiguration) support I get a defunt
> > thread for each 8139too device. If I don't build with IP_PNP
> > support I don't get any, defunct ethernet threads.
> Does init(8) reap children that died before it was spawned? I assume
> that the defunct tasks were there _before_ init was spawned.
> Perhaps init() [in linux/init/main.c] should reap all defunct tasks
> before the execve("/sbin/init").
> I've attached an untested patch, could you try it?

Yes, that fixes my problem. No more defunct eth? processes when IP_PNP is
compiled in. With the fix you said to the patch; replacing curtask with


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