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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] i386: always use 4k stacks
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Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-12-16 at 15:42 -0300, Horst von Brand wrote:
> > linux-os \(Dick Johnson\) <linux-os@analogic.com> wrote:
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > > Throughout the past two years of 4k stack-wars, I never heard why
> > > such a small stack was needed (not wanted, needed). It seems that
> > > everybody "knows" that smaller is better and most everybody thinks
> > > that one page in ix86 land is "optimum". However I don't think
> > > anybody ever even tried to analyze what was better from a technical
> > > perspective. Instead it's been analyzed as religious dogma, i.e.,
> > > keep the stack small, it will prevent idiots from doing bad things.
> >
> > OK, so here goes again...
> >
> > The kernel stack has to be contiguous in /physical/ memory. Keep the stack
> > /one/ page, that way you can always get a new stack when needed (== each
> > fork(2) or clone(2)). If the stack is 2 (or more) pages, you'll have to
> > find (or create) a multi-page free area, and (fragmentation being what it
> > is, and Linux routinely running for months at a time) you are in a whole
> > new world of pain.

> So people should really be asking for a PAGE_SIZE = 8k option ;)

On i386 is is either 4KiB or 4MiB. Guess what I prefer...
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