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SubjectRe: x86: 4kstacks default
On Sunday 20 April 2008 08:27:14 Andi Kleen wrote:
> Adrian Bunk <> writes:
> > 6k is known to work, and there aren't many problems known with 4k.
> >
> > And from a QA point of view the only way of getting 4k thoroughly tested
> But you have to first ask why do you want 4k tested? Does it serve
> any useful purpose in itself? I don't think so. Or you're saying
> it's important to support 50k kernel threads on 32bit kernels?
> -Andi

Andi, you're the only one I've seen seriously pounding the "50k threads"
thing - I don't think anyone is really fooled by the straw-man, so I'd
suggest you drop it.

The real issue is that you think (and are correct in thinking) that people are
idiots. Yes, there will be breakages if the default is changed to 4k stacks -
but if people are running new kernels on boxes that'll hit stack use problems
(that *AREN'T* related to ndiswrapper) and haven't made sure that they've
configured the kernel properly, then they deserve the outcome. It isn't the
job of the Linux Kernel to protect the incompetent - nor is it the job of
linux kernel developers to do such.

If people are doing a "zcat /proc/kconfig.gz > .config && make oldconfig" (or
similar) the problem shouldn't even appear, really. They'll get whatever
setting was in their old config for the stack size. And until the problems
with deep-stack setups - like nfs+xfs+raid - get resolved I'd think that the
option to configure the stack size would remain.

Since the second-most-common reason for stack overages is ndiswrapper... Well,
with there being so much more hardware now supported directly by the linux
kernel... I'm stunned every time someone tells me "I can't run Linux on my
laptop, there is hardware that isn't supported without me having to get
ndiswrapper". The last time someone said that to me I pointed to the fact
that their hardware is supported by the latest kernel and even offered to
build&install it for them.


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