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    SubjectRe: top stack (l)users for 2.5.69
    On Wed, May 07, 2003 at 03:56:57PM +0200, J?rn Engel wrote:
    >> Agreed, partially. There is the current issue of the kernel stack
    >> being just 8k in size and no decent mechanism in place to detect a
    >> stack overflow. And there is (arguably) the future issue of the kernel
    >> stack shrinking to 4k.

    On Wed, May 07, 2003 at 04:33:15PM +0200, Torsten Landschoff wrote:
    > Pardon my ignorance, but why is the kernel stack shrinked to just a few
    > kilobytes? With 256MB of RAM in a typical desktop system it shouldn't
    > be a problem to use 256KB from that as the stack, but I am sure there
    > are good reasons to shrink it.
    > Just curious, thanks for any info

    The kernel stack is (in Linux) unswappable memory that persists
    throughout the lifetime of a thread. It's basically how many threads
    you want to be able to cram into a system, and it matters a lot for

    -- wli
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