setrlimit(RLIMIT_STACK, RLIM_INFINITY) considered harmful

Russ Allbery rra at
Sun Dec 19 21:49:59 UTC 2004

"Miquel van Smoorenburg" <list-inn-workers at> writes:

> Startinnfeed sets the DATA and STACK limits to infinity. I upgraded
> my feeders kernel from linux 2.6.7 to 2.6.9, and suddenly in 
> some cases innfeed grabbed 2 GB (the 1 GB - 3GB address space)
> of stack. Nothing was allocated in it (as VSZ showed) but there
> was no space left to mmap() in articles to send, and that's bad.

> Now this might be a kernel bug, or a glibc bug, but why would any
> application set the stack size to unlimited ? Under Linux it's
> 8 MB by default, and innfeed only used 8-16k or so of stack.

I've dropped this call to setrlimit entirely.  It was there originally to
work around some problem with some BSD varient years ago, but I really
doubt it's still needed, and we'd already dropped it in CURRENT.

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