Re: git pull on ia64 linux tree

From: Linus Torvalds <>
Date: 2005-09-12 13:19:37
On Mon, 12 Sep 2005, Keith Owens wrote:

> On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 15:56:28 -0700 (PDT), 
> Linus Torvalds <> wrote:
> >
> >What's going on? Why would machine check interrupts muck with these 
> >things? Pls explain.. This is a total violation of all layering, and 
> >anybody who uses these things is just going to cause strange oopses etc 
> >crap.
> >
> >Wazzup?

That doesn't explain anything that I can't see in the code.

So let me repeat the question: why the hell does a MCA muck with global 
(and very core) kernel state? Why doesn't it just set perfectly normal 
internal ia64 state? 

The fact that it uses a separate stack is _not_ an explanation. That's 
just throwing words around. Everybody uses a separate stack. x86 does it 
for every single interrupt. That doesn't make x86 change global scheduler 

ia64 is doing something WRONG. Stop it. Or give me a real explanation of
what the f*ck ia64 is doing that makes it want to modify core scheduler
data structures from the machine check handler. It has _no_ business doing 

ia64 does have a perfectly fine pointer to "current": it's the ia64 TP 
register. So change _that_ instead, and if there's some silly unwinder 
that depends on global state, fix it.

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