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SubjectRe: [patch 2/4] Configure out file locking features
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On Tue, 2008-07-29 at 12:17 -0600, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 05:45:22PM +0200, Thomas Petazzoni wrote:
> > This patch adds the CONFIG_FILE_LOCKING option which allows to remove
> > support for advisory locks. With this patch enabled, the flock()
> > system call, the F_GETLK, F_SETLK and F_SETLKW operations of fcntl()
> > and NFS support are disabled. These features are not necessarly needed
> > on embedded systems. It allows to save ~11 Kb of kernel code and data:
> >
> > text data bss dec hex filename
> > 1125436 118764 212992 1457192 163c28 vmlinux.old
> > 1114299 118564 212992 1445855 160fdf vmlinux
> > -11137 -200 0 -11337 -2C49 +/-
> >
> > This patch has originally been written by Matt Mackall
> > <mpm@selenic.com>, and is part of the Linux Tiny project.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni@free-electrons.com>
>
> In principle, I think this is a great idea.
>
> > config NFS_FS
> > tristate "NFS client support"
> > - depends on INET
> > + depends on INET && FILE_LOCKING
> > select LOCKD
> > select SUNRPC
> > select NFS_ACL_SUPPORT if NFS_V3_ACL
>
> I think this part is a little lazy. It should be possible to support
> NFS without file locking. I suspect that's really not in-scope for the
> linux-tiny tree as currently envisaged with the focus on embedded
> devices that probably don't use NFS anyway. Do we want to care about
> the situation of a machine with fixed workload, that doesn't need file
> locking, but does use NFS?

I would lean towards no, but if someone comes along who cares, they're
welcome to try it. This stuff all has to strike a balance between
savings and effort/complexity/maintainability, so any time the submitter
is too lazy to cover a less common use case, it's probably a good sign
they're approaching that tipping point.

On the other hand, if you think it's trivial to do a locking-ectomy on
NFS, I'd be happy to see it.

The typical embedded NFS-based devices are NAS servers and media players
and are going to be more concerned about things like page cache
balancing.

--
Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.



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