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SubjectRe: [rfc][patch] store-free path walking

On Wed, 7 Oct 2009, Nick Piggin wrote:
> OK, I have a really basic patch that does store-free path walking
> (except on the final element).


> dbench is pretty nasty still because it seems to do a lot of stupid
> things like reading from /proc/mounts all the time.

You should largely forget about dbench, it can certainly be a useful
benchmark, but at the same time it's certainly not a _meaningful_ one.
There are better things to try.

> The seqlock in the dentry is for getting consistent name,len pointer,
> and also not giving a false positive if a rename has partially
> overwritten the name string (false negatives are always fine in the
> lock free lookup path but false positives are not). Possibly we
> could make do with a per-sb seqlock for this (or just rename_lock).

My plan was always to just use rename_lock, and only do it at the outer
level (and do it for both lookup failures _and_ for the success case).
Your approach is _way_ more conservative than I would have done, and also
potentially much slower due to the seqlock-per-path-component thing.

Remember: seqlocks are almost free on x86, but they can be reasonably
expensive in other places.

Hmm. Regardless, this very much does look like what I envisioned, apart
from details like that. And maybe your per-dentry seqlock is the right
choice. On x86, it certainly doesn't have the performance issues it could
have in other places.

I'd like Al to take a look, if he's around.


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