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SubjectRe: [patch] epoll use a single inode ...
Eric Dumazet a écrit :
>
> I would definitly *love* saving dentries for pipes (and sockets too),
> but how are you going to get the inode ?
>
> pipes()/sockets() can use read()/write()/rw_verify_area() and thus need
> file->f_path.dentry->d_inode (so each pipe needs a separate dentry)
>
> Are you suggesting adding a new "struct file_operations" member to get
> the inode ?
> Or re-intoducing an inode pointer in struct file ?

Crazy ideas : (some readers are going to kill me)

1) Use the low order bit of f_path.dentry to say : this pointer is not a
pointer to a dentry but the inode pointer (with the low order bit set to 1)

OR

2) file->f_path.dentry set to NULL for this special files (so that we dont
need to dput() and cache line ping pong the common dentry each time we
__fput() a pipe/socket.

Same trick could be used for file->f_path.mnt, because there is a big SMP
cache line ping/pong to maintain a mnt_count on pipe/sockets mountpoint while
these file systems cannot be un-mounted)

If dentry is NULL, we get the inode pointer from an overlay of struct
file_ra_state f_ra; (because for this special files readahead is unused)

This adds some conditional branches of course, but being able to save ram and
better use cpu caches might be worth them.


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