Re: [Linux-ia64] Memory leak in 2.5.64

From: David Mosberger <>
Date: 2003-03-12 17:55:12
>>>>> On Mon, 10 Mar 2003 19:59:39 -0800, William Lee Irwin III <> said:

  William> On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 02:44:14PM +1100, Peter Chubb
  William> wrote:
  >> The way that tasks need to be freed has changed since 2.5.61 ---
  >> I think we need to do something like the attached patch (keep
  >> __put_task_struct() in kernel/fork.c; have ia64-specific
  >> free_task_struct() in arch/ia64/kernel/process.c) otherwise the
  >> user_struct will never have its reference count deleted and so
  >> will not be freed.

  William> I think you might be in trouble. From entry.S:

  William>         /* * Invoke schedule_tail(task) while preserving
  William> in0-in7, which may be nee ded * in case a system call gets
  William> restarted.  */ GLOBAL_ENTRY(ia64_invoke_schedule_tail)

  William> Well, you're going to need to pass a parameter to
  William> schedule_tail() namely, the previous task, and find some
  William> other way to save in0-in7.  schedule_tail() now relies on
  William> the task getting passed to it to free it.

That's why ia64_invoke_schedule_tail() exists in the first place: the
previously running task is passed in r8.  In other words: no problem.

Received on Tue Mar 11 22:56:47 2003

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