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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] i386: always use 4k stacks
On Thu, Dec 15, 2005 at 05:49:45PM -0800, Zwane Mwaikambo wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Adrian Bunk wrote:
>
> > On Thu, Dec 15, 2005 at 02:00:13PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >
> > > Supporting 8k stacks is a small amount of code and nobody has seen a need
> > > to make changes in there for quite a long time. So there's little cost to
> > > keeping the existing code.
> > >
> > > And the existing code is useful:
> > >
> > > a) people can enable it to confirm that their weird crash was due to a
> > > stack overflow.
> > >
> > > b) If I was going to put together a maximally-stable kernel for a
> > > complex server machine, I'd select 8k stacks. We're still just too
> > > squeezy, and we've had too many relatively-recent overflows, and there
> > > are still some really deep callpaths in there.
> >
> > a1) People turn off 4k stacks and never report the problem / noone
> > really debugs and fixes the reported problem.
> >
> > Me threatening people with enabling 4k stacks for everyone already
> > resulted in several fixes.
>
> How about this, we apply this patch and perhaps add some debug option to
> enable 8k by changing THREAD_SIZE. This way we have the seperate interrupt
> stacks and 8k stacks for when someone suspects a stack overflow.

You can always manually change THREAD_SIZE using a text editor.

My count of bug reports for problems with in-kernel code with 4k stacks
after Neil's patch went into -mm is still at 0.

Either there are no problems left or noone pays attention to them since
disabling 4k stacks "fixed" the problem. And not having an option makes
it more likely that we get reports for and people interested in fixes
for the latter.

cu
Adrian

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