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SubjectRe: x86: 4kstacks default
On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 10:36:11AM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Sun, 20 Apr 2008 11:51:04 +0300
> Adrian Bunk <> wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 09:06:23AM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > > The stack problems in the kernel tend to not be in arch code, and if
> > > > we don't get i386 to always run with 4k stacks there's no chance that
> > > > it will ever work reliably on other architectures.
> > >
> > > Not really the case - embedded tends not to use deep stacks of drivers.
> >
> > Something like nfsd-over-xfs-over-raid is (or was) the most common
> > problem - and this or similar stackings might be used in NAS devices.
> Specific cases yes, but such NAS devices have big processors and are not
> little emdedded CPUs. On an embedded box you know at build time what it
> will be doing.

The code in the kernel that gets the fewest coverage at all are our
error paths, and some vendor might try 4k stacks, validate it works in
all use cases - and then it will blow up in some error condition he
didn't test.

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
by users, and well also tested in -rc kernels for catching regressions
before they get into stable kernels, is if we get 4k stacks enabled
unconditionally on i386.



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