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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/4] splice: fix updating sd->pos wrongly
Changli Gao wrote:
> On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 6:13 PM, Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:
> > On Fri, 28 May 2010, Changli Gao wrote:
> >> On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 5:42 PM, Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:
> >> > On Wed, 26 May 2010, Changli Gao wrote:
> >> >> fix updating sd->pos wrongly.
> >> >>
> >> >> In error path, we don't need to updating sd->pos, if the file isn't seekable.
> >> >
> >> > This patch is nonsense.  Why should we handle sd->pos != 0 case
> >> > differently?
> >> >
> >>
> >> If the in file isn't seekable, its splice_read won't update *ppos, so
> >> in the error path, we'd better not change it too. Otherwise, some
> >> assumption will go wrong.
> >
> > That may be true, but the patch is still nonsense.
> >
> > Look, your patch is updating/not updating sd->pos based on whether it
> > is zero or not.  It will prevent updating the position for sockets,
> > but it will also prevent updating the position for regular files if
> > the position is zero, which is really not what we want.
>
> I think you misread my patch. Before checking the sd->pos, sd->pos
> already is updated with the value returned by splice_read(), so if in
> file is seekabble, sd->pos is non-zero when I checking it.

Not true if the "file" is /dev/mem or /dev/kmem. The starting offset
can be negative, so can end at zero.

It's an obscure case and I don't know if you can sendfile from
/dev/{,k}mem anyway :-) but illustrates why sd->pos != 0 is dubious.
-- Jamie
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