Subject: Re: kern/20914: kernel panic in sysctl_procargs()
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Laight <email@example.com>
Date: 04/06/2003 00:22:48
> I don't see how the sysctl procargs can work, without locking anything.
> what if the process goes away while it retrieves information?
My thoughts exactly...
It does p->p_vmspace->vm_refcnt++ which might keep the vmspace
active, but then can sleep in malloc() and continues to use 'p'
and p->p_vmspace rather than a local copy of the data.
However in this case I presume that the X server isn't exiting!
The disassembly of sysctl_procargs (matching your failing kernel)
might be enough to identify the failing code (especially the
part at offset ~0x200 in the function)
(objdump -d compile/GENERIC/kern_sysctl.o will give it)
My system doesn't compile an object that matches yours...
I can't quite see how this can be related to the pid allocation code.
David Laight: firstname.lastname@example.org