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From: Roland McGrath <>
To: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Linus Torvalds <>,,
	Tomasz Grobelny <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] x86 tls prevent_tail_call
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 23:38:21 -0800 (PST)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20080227073821.0C34C2700FD@magilla.localdomain> (raw)
In-Reply-To: Ingo Molnar's message of  Wednesday, 27 February 2008 08:26:17 +0100 <>

> i'm wondering, have you seen this happen in practice? We use 
> sys_set_thread_area() for every new task started up. I guess we havent 
> seen problems in the field yet because this early during startup tasks 
> do not normally receive signals? (or if they do they are fatal and no 
> user signal context is used.)

Tomasz saw it.  I don't know what compiler or exact options to it he used.

> btw., this whole thing of us having to notice such tail-optimization 
> incidents is totally fragile and unreliable. Shouldnt there be a "dont 
> tail-optimize me" attribute which we could stick into asmlinkage? 

I agree.  It's come up before.  I'll talk to compiler folks about it again.

> Perhaps sparse could detect asmlinkage functions that do not do 
> prevent_tail_call()s?

That sounds like a good idea to me.


  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-27  7:39 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-26 21:00 Roland McGrath
2008-02-27  7:26 ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-27  7:38   ` Roland McGrath [this message]
2008-02-27 19:59     ` Tomasz Grobelny

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