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SubjectRe: [PATCH] /dev/epoll update ...

On 19-Sep-2001 Christopher K. St. John wrote:
> Davide Libenzi wrote:
>> > /dev/epoll only gives you events on state changes. So,
>> > for example, if you accept() a new socket and add it to the
>> > interest list, you (probably) won't get a POLLIN. That's
>> > not fatal, but it's awkward.
>> Being an event change notification you simply can't add the fd
>> to the "monitor" after you've issued the accept().
>> The skeleton for /dev/epoll usage is :
>> while (system_call(...) == FAIL) {
>> wait_event();
>> }
> I'm not sure I understand. I'm assuming you can do
> something along the lines of:
> // application accepts new socket
> new_socket_fd = accept()
> // application registers interest with epoll
> write(dev_poll_fd, new_socket_fd):
> drivers/char/eventpoll.c:ep_insert():
> - add new_socket_fd to interest list
> - check new_socket_fd for readable, writable, and
> error. if any true, then add new event to
> event queue, as if the state had changed.

No it does't check. It's not needed for how it works.

> // application asks for current set of events
> app: ioctl(dev_poll_fd, EP_POLL):
> drivers/char/eventpoll.c:ep_poll():
> - return the current event queue
> In other words, when new fd's are added to the
> interest set, you generate synthetic events which
> are returned at the next ioctl(EP_POLL).
> Are you saying that isn't possible? It's the
> suggested behavior from the BMD paper, so evidently
> they got it to work somehow (and I suspect it's how
> Solaris /dev/poll works, but I'm not sure)

select()/poll() works in a different way :

1) select()/poll();
2) recv()/send();

while /dev/epoll works like described above :

1) if (recv()/send() == FAIL)
2) wait_event();

I intentionally changed the name to epoll coz it works in a different way.

- Davide

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