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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 00/14] epoll: support pollable epoll from userspace
On 2019-06-25 02:24, Eric Wong wrote:
> Roman Penyaev <> wrote:
>> Hi all,
> +cc Jason Baron
>> ** Limitations
> <snip>
>> 4. No support for EPOLLEXCLUSIVE
>> If device does not pass pollflags to wake_up() there is no way to
>> call poll() from the context under spinlock, thus special work is
>> scheduled to offload polling. In this specific case we can't
>> support exclusive wakeups, because we do not know actual result
>> of scheduled work and have to wake up every waiter.
> Lacking EPOLLEXCLUSIVE support is probably a showstopper for
> common applications using per-task epoll combined with
> non-blocking accept4() (e.g. nginx).

For the 'accept' case it seems SO_REUSEPORT can be used:

Although I've never tried it in O_NONBLOCK + epoll scenario.

But I've just again dived into this add-wait-exclusive logic and it
seems possible to support EPOLLEXCLUSIVE by iterating over all "epis"
for a particular fd, which has been woken up.

For now I want to leave it as is just not to overcomplicate the code.

> Fwiw, I'm still a weirdo who prefers a dedicated thread doing
> blocking accept4 for distribution between tasks (so epoll never
> sees a listen socket). But, depending on what runtime/language
> I'm using, I can't always dedicate a blocking thread, so I
> recently started using EPOLLEXCLUSIVE from Perl5 where I
> couldn't rely on threads being available.
> If I could dedicate time to improving epoll; I'd probably
> add writev() support for batching epoll_ctl modifications
> to reduce syscall traffic, or pick-up the kevent()-like interface
> started long ago:
> (but I'm not sure I want to increase the size of the syscall table).

There is also fresh fs/io_uring.c thingy, which supports polling and
batching (among other IO things). But polling there acts only as a
single-shot, so it might make sense to support there event subscription
instead of resurrecting kevent and co.


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