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Re: [PATCH 4/4] rseq registration tests (v2)

* Carlos O'Donell:

> The above commit is a good example of a failure to provide a comment
> that gives intent for the implementation and therefore you have no
> idea why 1MiB was selected. Magic numbers should have comments, and
> a patch like the one you reference would not be accepted today.
> The only real worry we have with testing is thread reap rate which
> seems to be slow in the kernel and sometimes we've seen the kernel
> be unable to clone new threads because of this reason. Even then on
> the worst architecture, hppa, I can create ~300 threads in a test
> without any problems.

Delayed reaping in the kernel (after signaling thread exit) does *not*
affect the stack allocation.  With a valid test, the stack is queued for
reuse.  Only kernel-side data structures stick around.

My guess is that in 2004, 64-bit systems were still around that didn't
have enough physical backing store for 50 * 8 MiB thread stacks, so the
overcommit limiter in the kernel would kick in.  I don't think this is a
problem anymore, and in the off chance that it is, you can still use
ulimit -s to reduce the default if necessary.


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