help with SMP debugging...task struct corruption

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I'm running a customized 2.6.10 and seeing some interesting behaviour.
Based on some additional debugging that we added, the "p->signal" member
is being set to NULL between the time we call spin_lock() and the time
we return from it.
Anyone have any ideas what might be going on? It seems to go away if we
boot with only 1 cpu. I assume that some other cpu already holds that
lock and does something while holding it that causes the "p->signal"
member to become NULL.

void release_task(struct task_struct * p)
	int zap_leader;
	task_t *leader;
	struct dentry *proc_dentry;

	proc_dentry = proc_pid_unhash(p);


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