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SubjectRe: [PATCH] proc/base: Skip assignment to len when there is no error on d_path in do_proc_readlink.
On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 09:41:53AM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Kaitao Cheng <pilgrimtao@gmail.com> writes:
>
> > we don't need {len = PTR_ERR(pathname)} when IS_ERR(pathname) is false,
> > it's better to move it into if(IS_ERR(pathname)){}.
>
> Please look at the generated code.
>
> I believe you will find that your change will generate worse assembly.

I think patch is good.

Super duper CPUs which speculate thousands instructions forward won't
care but more embedded ones do. Or in other words 1 unnecessary instruction
on common path is more important for slow CPUs than for fast CPUs.

This style separates common path from error path more cleanly.

And finally "len" here is local, so the issue barely deserves mention
but if target is in memory code like this happens:

static struct socket *sockfd_lookup_light(int fd, int *err, int *fput_needed)
{
struct fd f = fdget(fd);
struct socket *sock;

*err = -EBADF;
if (f.file) {

// unconditionally write to *err as well.

sock = sock_from_file(f.file, err);
if (likely(sock)) {
*fput_needed = f.flags;
return sock;
}
fdput(f);
}
return NULL;
}

so current style promotes more memory dirtying than necessary.

There is another place like this in sk_buff.c (search for ENOBUFS).

> > pathname = d_path(path, tmp, PAGE_SIZE);
> > - len = PTR_ERR(pathname);
> > - if (IS_ERR(pathname))
> > + if (IS_ERR(pathname)) {
> > + len = PTR_ERR(pathname);
> > goto out;
> > + }

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