Re: 2.6.6-rc3-mm2 (4KSTACK)

From: Steve Lord
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 11:53:59 EST

Andrew Morton wrote:
Dominik Karall <dominik.karall@xxxxxxx> wrote:

On Wednesday 05 May 2004 10:31, you wrote:


Fill my inbox.

Hi Andrew!

Is there any reason why this patch was applied? Because NVidia users can't work with the original drivers now without removing this patch every time.

We need to push this issue along quickly. The single-page stack generally
gives us a better kernel and having the stack size configurable creates

Is it less pain than making something like a memory allocation which comes
out of a deep stack? Say, nfs server -> filesystem -> lvm/raid -> fiber channel,
which itself does something like a writepage into an nfs filesystem and ends
up in the networking stack? OK, getting back into the filesystem on a
memory allocation from the block layer should not happen, but you could
certainly be down in the bowels of the first filesystem when this happens.

There are other combinations which worry me. I do wonder how close to the
edge some of these are living now and cutting them off at the knees, stack
wise, is going to bite later. How many folks run the mm kernel in production
server environments?

Maybe there should be a competition to see how convoluted a stack you can
generate out of the kernel ;-)


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