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SubjectRe: udev is too slow creating devices
On Wed, 2004-09-15 at 01:20 +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 04:04:09PM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 15, 2004 at 12:47:31AM +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > > On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 02:51:22PM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > True, so sit and spin and sleep until you see the device node. That's
> > > > how a number of distros have fixed the fsck startup issue.
> > >
> > > that's more a band-aid than a fix (I can imagine a userspace hang if the
> > > device isn't created for whatever reason), if there's no way to do
> > > better than this if you've to run fsck (or if it's not the best to run
> > > the fsck inside the dev.d scripts), then probably this needs better
> > > fixing. is such a big problem to execute a sys_wait4 to wait the udev
> > > userspace to return before returning from the insmod syscall?
> >
> > But how do you know what to wait for?
> the kernel sure can know about it, by passing a waitqueue into the
> registration routine and calling wake_up once the discovery is over.
> > Sitting and waiting is a band-aid, I agree. That's why we created the
> > /etc/dev.d/ notifier system to fix this issue (that is there for systems
> > that don't even use udev.)
> if the fsck can run from there ok, if for some reason it's not feasible
> to run it from there (like if it would create a bus congestion by
> running all the fsck in parallel if you attach multiple devices at the
> same time), and/or you need some other seriaization, then probably
> having a way to run things serially without a
> spin-and-sleep-and-risk-to-hang could be needed. I guess in the worst
> case one could serialize things by using file locking in /var/run
> and by creating an API between the dev.d and the init.d scripts, is that
> how the long term is supposed to work?
> So it's more a question if the current interface is complete for all
> usages, and if the fsck spin-and-sleep is just a temporary band-aid, or
> if the spin-and-sleep is supposed to last longer than a few month
> release cycle.

Surely fsck can be done on top of /etc/dev.d/ by just writing to a FIFO?
That'll serialize up the fsck caller...

// Gianni Tedesco (gianni at scaramanga dot co dot uk)
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