[ppc] Default stack size on ppc64

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Tue Mar 24 12:19:44 UTC 2015

For the OCaml packages on ppc64/ppc64le, we keep having bugs like this
one: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1204876

The OCaml compiler is quite recursive, and so it can easily overflow
the default stack.  For reasons that are not entirely clear this
happens only on ppc64/ppc64le (not on x86 or aarch64).  Perhaps POWER
stack frames are bigger, or the default stack size is smaller.

One way to "fix" this would be to modify every single ocaml-* spec
file to add:

%ifarch %{power64}
ulimit -s 65536

However that doesn't fix the problem for people running ocamlopt on
their own programs.  The issue was discussed upstream, but upstream
don't want to make the compiler stages less mutually recursive since
(a) it makes the code far more complex and (b) stack memory is just a
special use-case for ordinary memory so why should they?

Could we increase the default stack size on ppc64?

Or are there other alternatives?  (I thought briefly about carrying a
downstream compiler patch which does the equivalent of 'ulimit -s 65536'
inside the compiler).


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