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From: Ingo Molnar <>
To: Linus Torvalds <>
Cc: Roland McGrath <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] x86_64 ia32 syscall restart fix
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 17:45:10 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

* Linus Torvalds <> wrote:

> > > The code to restart syscalls after signals depends on checking for a 
> > > negative orig_ax, and for particular negative -ERESTART* values in ax. 
> > > These fields are 64 bits and for a 32-bit task they get zero-extended. 
> > > The syscall restart behavior is lost, a regression from a native 
> > > 32-bit kernel and from 64-bit tasks' behavior.  This patch fixes the 
> > > problem by doing sign-extension where it matters.  For orig_ax, the 
> > > only time the value should be -1 but winds up as 0x0ffffffff is via a 
> > > 32-bit ptrace call.  So the patch changes ptrace to sign-extend the 
> > > 32-bit orig_eax value when it's stored; it doesn't change the checks 
> > > on orig_ax, though it uses the new current_syscall() inline to better 
> > > document the subtle importance of the used of signedness there.  The 
> > > ax value is stored a lot of ways and it seems hard to get them all 
> > > sign-extended at their origins.  So for that, we use the 
> > > current_syscall_ret() to sign-extend it only for 32-bit tasks at the 
> > > time of the -ERESTART* comparisons.
> > 
> > thanks, applied.
> Btw, can we please try to keep commit log messages readable?

yeah - the minute i added the patch i pinged Roland about that offline.

> Yeah, maybe it's just me, but I like my whitespace. 
> Ihaveareallyhardtime 
> readingtextthatdoesn'thavethepropermarkersforwhereconceptsstartandbegin, 
> andthatreallydoesincludetheverticalwhitespacetoo.

heh :)

> Now, the only reason I mention this is that normally I would probably 
> just have fixed this up myself without even a comment (because it's 
> such a tiny detail that it's not not worth one), but when Ingo merges 
> it I'll now get it through git and it will be fixed.

currently the reality is that i have to fix over 90% of the commit 
messages that go towards you :-/

While i'd like that proportion to be a lot lower, it's really hard for 
people to write good commit messages for fixes: people tend to send 
their fixes the minute they find the problem (being happy about having 
found and fixed a problem!), so the commit message gets little 

another effect is that kernel generalist people like Roland have a very 
large list of todo items so when they write up the commit message they 
might be thinking about the next unsolved problem already - and the 
commit message becomes a quick, unstructured and semi-automatic 
brain-dump of all details in essence :-/

Also, who am i to complain about the commit message - i'm often the one 
who has put the bug in to begin with! [ So i'm perfectly happy with you 
volunteering to take over that role ;-) ]

But yes, it's easier for me too to sort and prioritize patches if their 
description has good structure, so i regularly try to remind high-volume 
patch submitters about that. ( With little success i have to say - 
commit messages seem to be suffering from the same curse of inattention 
as other types of documentation do :-/ )


  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-29 16:45 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 19+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-29  3:57 Roland McGrath
2008-02-29 15:52 ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-29 16:26   ` Linus Torvalds
2008-02-29 16:45     ` Ingo Molnar [this message]
2008-02-29 17:03       ` Linus Torvalds
2008-02-29 17:17         ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-29 17:37           ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-29 21:02             ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-29 21:20               ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-01  5:48                 ` [stable] " Greg KH
2008-02-29 22:42     ` Roland McGrath
2008-02-29 23:18       ` Linus Torvalds
2008-03-07 22:56 ` [PATCH] x86_64 ptrace orig_ax on ia32 task Roland McGrath
2008-03-07 23:18   ` Linus Torvalds
2008-03-08  1:37     ` Roland McGrath
2008-03-10 19:19   ` Chuck Ebbert
2008-03-10 19:48     ` Linus Torvalds
2008-03-10 20:01       ` Roland McGrath
2008-03-11  9:32         ` Ingo Molnar

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