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SubjectRe: 2.6.10-rc1-mm3
On Mon, 8 Nov 2004 21:27:47 -0800, Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> wrote:
> Greg KH <greg@kroah.com> wrote:
> >
> > So I don't see how that could be failing here. And why I don't see this
> > on my boxes...
>
> OK, progress. The oops is due to CONFIG_LEGACY_PTY_COUNT=512. I assume
> anything greater than 256 will trigger it.
>
> - tty_register_driver() calls tty_register_device() for 512 devices.
>
> - tty_register_device() calls pty_line_name() for the 512 devices, but
> pty_line_name() only understands 256 devices. After that, it starts
> returning duplicated names.
>
> - class_simple_device_add() gets an -EEXIST return from
> class_device_register() and then tries to kfree local variable s_dev, but
> it's already free. Presumably all that icky refcounting under
> class_device_register() did this for us already. Can you fix this one
> Greg? Just enable slab debugging, set CONFIG_LEGACY_PTY_COUNT=512 and
> watch the fun.
>
> As for the limitation of 256 legacy ptys: we should either raise it by
> cooking up new device names or limit it to 256 in config. The latter, I
> guess. Is there a requirement to support more than 256 legacy ptys?
>
> Limit the number of legacy ptys to 256. pty_line_name() isn't capable of
> generating more than 256 unique names.
>
> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
> ---
>
> 25-akpm/drivers/char/Kconfig | 1 +
> 1 files changed, 1 insertion(+)
>
> diff -puN drivers/char/Kconfig~limit-CONFIG_LEGACY_PTY_COUNT drivers/char/Kconfig
> --- 25/drivers/char/Kconfig~limit-CONFIG_LEGACY_PTY_COUNT 2004-11-08 21:22:46.843719848 -0800
> +++ 25-akpm/drivers/char/Kconfig 2004-11-08 21:23:23.496147832 -0800
> @@ -478,6 +478,7 @@ config LEGACY_PTYS
> config LEGACY_PTY_COUNT
> int "Maximum number of legacy PTY in use"
> depends on LEGACY_PTYS
> + range 1 256
> default "256"
> ---help---
> The maximum number of legacy PTYs that can be used at any one time.
> _
>
>

Andrew,

Changing the CONFIG_LEGACY_PTY_COUNT to 256 fixes the boot issue.

The 512 number came from very old slackware .config file that i seem
to still use :-)

Thanks for your help

Paul B.

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