Re: [patch 38/52] fs: icache RCU free inodes

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Wed Jun 30 2010 - 04:57:41 EST

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 01:02:50PM +1000, npiggin@xxxxxxx wrote:
> RCU free the struct inode. This will allow:

Rather than what it will allow, what are the constraints this
imposes on allocating and freeing a struct inode? e.g. XFS embeds
the struct inode in a larger inode structure and does it's own
allocation, caching and freeing of the larger structure outside of
the VFS functionality.

Does this need to be converted to RCU? Do we need to do more
initialisation of the struct inode than we currently do? What
functions/call chains now implicitly require RCU freeing semantics
on the struct inode for safe operation? What else do we need to be
aware of?


Dave Chinner
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