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SubjectRe: [PATCH, v2] PCI: create function symlinks in /sys/bus/pci/slots/N/
On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 02:04:46PM -0600, Alex Chiang wrote:
> * Greg KH <greg@kroah.com>:
> > On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 01:53:58PM -0600, Alex Chiang wrote:
> > >
> > > Does anyone have numbers for how much it costs to create a new
> > > symlink? I could try and figure this out but it will take a few
> > > days (busy with other stuff).
> >
> > Almost nothing.
> >
> > sysfs creates these things on the fly as they are accessed, and if
> > memory pressure on the machine happens, they are freed up properly and
> > then created again if a user asks to see them in the tree.
> >
> > So don't worry about memory issues when adding new files or symlinks in
> > sysfs, it just isn't a problem (we handle 20000 disks easily on low
> > memory 31bit s390 systems.)
>
> Great, thanks for the explanation. I've heard the "memory
> overhead" argument before for not wanting to create other sysfs
> files/links, so this will be good to debunk that bogeyman if it
> pops up again in the future.

Yes, please do.

> Did you get a chance to take a look at the documentation I wrote
> for these new symlinks? [I also went and documented the existing
> slots/ directory as well...]
>
> Was it what you had in mind?

Yes, it looked very good.

And thanks for the other documentation as well, if you want, you could
split that out as a different patch and odds are Jesse could get that
into the tree before 2.6.27 comes out :)

thanks,

greg k-h


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