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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] jffs2: Add LZO compression support to jffs2
Hi Richard,

On 5/1/07, Richard Purdie <rpurdie@openedhand.com> wrote:
> Add LZO1X compression/decompression support to jffs2.
>
> LZO's interface doesn't entirely match that required by jffs2 so a
> buffer and memcpy is unavoidable.
>
> Signed-off-by: Richard Purdie <rpurdie@openedhand.com>
> ---
> [...]
> +++ b/fs/jffs2/compr_lzo.c
> [...]
> +static void *lzo_mem;
> +static void *lzo_compress_buf;
> +static DEFINE_MUTEX(deflate_mutex);
> +
> +static void free_workspace(void)
> +{
> + vfree(lzo_mem);
> + vfree(lzo_compress_buf);
> +}
> +
> +static int __init alloc_workspace(void)
> +{
> + lzo_mem = vmalloc(LZO1X_MEM_COMPRESS);
> + lzo_compress_buf = vmalloc(lzo1x_worst_compress(PAGE_SIZE));
> +
> + if (!lzo_mem || !lzo_compress_buf) {
> + printk(KERN_WARNING "Failed to allocate lzo deflate workspace\n");
> + free_workspace();
> + return -ENOMEM;
> + }
> +
> + return 0;
> +}
> +
> +static int jffs2_lzo_compress(unsigned char *data_in, unsigned char *cpage_out,
> + uint32_t *sourcelen, uint32_t *dstlen, void *model)
> +{
> + unsigned long compress_size;
> + int ret;
> +
> + mutex_lock(&deflate_mutex);
> + ret = lzo1x_1_compress(data_in, *sourcelen, lzo_compress_buf, &compress_size, lzo_mem);
> + mutex_unlock(&deflate_mutex);

Considering we do have to memcpy() the entire compressed result to the
destination output buffer later anyway (note that
fs/jffs2/compr_zlib.c doesn't need to do that), do we really gain much
by avoiding vmalloc() and vfree() in jffs2_lzo_compress() itself and
keeping the workspace buffers pre-allocated? I ask because I always
found these global static workspace buffers ugly, and all the
associated code + mutex could go away if we make them local to
jffs2_lzo_compress() -- as long as it doesn't hurt performance
terribly, of course.

Thanks,
Satyam
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