Re: Fix for thread+network crashes in 2.0/2.1?

William T. Waters (
Fri, 27 Feb 1998 12:06:13 -0500 (EST)

> Anyway, I'm releasing a 2.1.89-3 on under the "testing"
> subdirectory, and I'd be very happy if people would test it. I don't
> guarantee that this patch works at all - for all I know it might be
> totally broken, and the only thing I guarantee is that (a) it compiles
> with my particular setup and (b) it looks like it should work and makes
> sense.

> Please do test, and comment,

Thanks for the patch, Linus.

This seems to be a definite improvement -- I was able to keep our box
up under moderate load for about 10 minutes before it went down hard again,
which is about a 20-fold improvement.

It's unclear to me whether this crash is the same problem or a different one--
the kernel oopses did look different, but unfortunately they weren't being
logged to a file.

I'm in the process of backporting this to 2.0.33 to rule out any new
2.1 "features" (Has anyone already done this? I see your porting hints in
my mailbox right now...). I'll let you know how this turns out.

Thanks again -- it's great to be making forward progress here :-)


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