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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/9] x86/dumpstack: Improve opcodes dumping in the Code: section
On Wed, Mar 07, 2018 at 11:13:14AM +0100, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> And that is fine if I do a 64-byte default, on-stack buffer but that
> code_bytes= thing can be 2 pages max which is yuck. No way I'm doing
> on-stack buffers then.

How about we just remove the 'code_bytes=' option? (Or at the very
least, reduce its possible range to a reasonable max?)

I doubt anybody actually uses it. I'd never heard of it before, nor
have I ever seen an oops with a long code dump. I can't fathom why
somebody would even need it. 64 bytes is plenty, and an 8k code dump
just sounds insane.

It comes from the following commit:

commit 86c418374223be3f328b5522545196db02c8ceda
Author: Chuck Ebbert <>
Date: Tue Feb 13 13:26:25 2007 +0100

[PATCH] i386: add option to show more code in oops reports

Sometimes developers need to see more object code in an oops report,
e.g. when kernel may be corrupted at runtime.

Add the "code_bytes" option for this.

Signed-off-by: Chuck Ebbert <>
Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <>
Cc: Andi Kleen <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>

But I've never seen a case where somebody needed to use it.


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