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SubjectRe: x86: 4kstacks default
On Sunday 20 April 2008 16:23:45 Bodo Eggert wrote:
> Daniel Hazelton <> wrote:
> > 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, 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.
> It's the job of the kernel developers to mark experimental and broken
> options, and to put a warning:
> "This will break stacking of drivers, especially if disk manager, xfs, RAID
> and nfs are used. Yes, linux is broken by default, but only if you intend
> to set up a reliable system, so this will be OK!"
> into the help text, instead of expecting each admin to read lkml.

Note that I've yet to meet a competent admin that creates brand new
configurations each time they build a new kernel for a machine. Usually they
have a "default configuration" for each machine that gets updated each time a
new kernel is built. Usually they don't change working options. And since
changing things to 4K stacks default would cause a new option - the "8K
stacks" option to show up in a "make oldconfig" run - the admin would see it
and, hopefully, check the help text and see that it his system, with a deeply
stacked driver system (nfs+xfs+raid, for example) and set the 8K stacks
option to "Y".

As I said, it isn't the job of the kernel or kernel developers to protect the
incompetent (or the lazy).


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