new kernel ... / meaning of stable-tracking

Werner Almesberger werner at
Sun Sep 28 00:07:40 CEST 2008

Michael 'Mickey' Lauer wrote:
> I would not protest on removing the system runlevel 6 trigger,

Good, that's already half the messiness :-)

> however I
> would certainly veto on removing the 8 seconds emergency shutdown, since
> that's for cases where userland is entirely unresponsive (no daemon to
> catch that state expected).

Hmm, how about solving the problem that the daemon is unresponsive
instead ?

If you separate it from the rest of the framework, the code will be
simple, small, and won't break easily because of some unrelated
changes. If you mlockall, you're immune to out of memory conditions
or a file system failure. If you raise the scheduling priority high
enough, you'll win even against fork bombs.

- Werner

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