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SubjectRe: Question about Reiser4
On Mon, Apr 23, 2007 at 04:53:03PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Theodore Tso wrote:
> >
> >One of the big problems of using a filesystem as a DB is the system
> >call overheads. If you use huge numbers of tiny files, then each
> >attempt read an atom of information from the DB takes three system
> >calls --- an open(), read(), and close(), with all of the overheads in
> >terms of dentry and inode cache.
> >
> Now, to be fair, there are probably a number of cases where
> open/lseek/readv/close and open/lseek/writev/close would be worth doing
> as a single system call. The big problem as far as I can see involves
> EINTR handling; such a system call has serious restartability implications.

Sure, but Hans wants to change /etc/inetd.conf into /etc/inetd.conf.d,
where you have: /etc/inetd.conf.d/telnet/port,
/etc/inetd.conf.d/telnet/protocol, /etc/inetd.conf.d/telnet/wait,
/etc/inetd.conf.d/telnet/userid, /etc/inetd.conf.d/telnet/daemon,
etc. for each individual line in /etc/inetd.conf. (And where each
file might only contains 2-4 characters each: i.e., "23", "tcp",
"root", etc.)

So it's not enough just to collapse open/pread/close into a single
system call; in order to gain back the performance squandered by all
of these itsy-bitsy tiny little files. You want to collapse the
open/pread/close for many of these little files into a single system
call, hence Hans's insistence on sys_reiser4(); otherwise his scheme
doesn't work all that well at all.

- Ted

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