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SubjectRe: [Kiobuf-io-devel] RFC: Kernel mechanism: Compound event wait
Hi!

> So you consider inability to select() on regular files _feature_?

select on files is unimplementable. You can't do background file IO the
same way you do background receiving of packets on socket. Filesystem is
synchronous. It can block.

> It can be a pretty serious problem with slow block devices
> (floppy). It also hurts when you are trying to do high-performance
> reads/writes. [I know it hurt in userspace sherlock search engine --
> kind of small altavista.]
>
> How do you write high-performance ftp server without threads if select
> on regular file always returns "ready"?

No, it's not really possible on Linux. Use SYS$QIO call on VMS :-)

You can emulate asynchronous IO with kernel threads like FreeBSD and some
commercial Unices do, but you still need as many (possibly kernel) threads
as many requests you are servicing.

> > Remember: in the end you HAVE to wait somewhere. You're always going to be
> > able to generate data faster than the disk can take it. SOMETHING
>
> Userspace wants to _know_ when to stop. It asks politely using
> "select()".

And how do you want to wait for other select()ed events if you are blocked
in wait_for_buffer in get_block (former bmap)?

Making real async IO would require to rewrite all filesystems and whole
VFS _from_scratch_. It won't happen.

Mikulas

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