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SubjectRe: Maybe a VM bug in 2.4.18-18 from RH 8.0?
On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 07:12:38AM -0800, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> split just to get a bloated mem_map to fit. Many of the smaller apps,
> e.g. /bin/sh etc. are indifferent to the ABI violation.

the problem of the split is that it would reduce the address space
available to userspace that is quite critical on big machines (one of
the big advantages of 64bit that can't be fixed on 32bit) but I wouldn't
classify it as an ABI violation, infact the little I can remember about
the 2.0 kernels [I almost never read that code] is that it had shared
address space and tlb flush while entering/exiting kernel, so I can bet
the user stack in 2.0 was put at 4G, not at 3G. 2.2 had to put it at 3G
because then the address space was shared with the obvious performance
advantages, so while I didn't read any ABI, I deduce you can't say the
ABI got broken if the stack is put at 2G or 1G or 3.5G or 4G again with
x86-64 (of course x86-64 can give the full 4G to userspace because the
kernel runs in the negative part of the [64bit] address space, as 2.0
could too).

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