Re: [PATCH] kernfs: use stack-buf for small writes.

From: NeilBrown
Date: Tue Sep 23 2014 - 01:41:12 EST

On Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:55:49 -0400 Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello, Neil.
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 02:46:50PM +1000, NeilBrown wrote:
> > seqfile is only safe for reads. sysfs via kernfs uses seq_read(), so there
> > is only a single allocation on the first read.
> >
> > It doesn't really related to fixing writes, except to point out that only
> > writes need to be "fixed". Reads already work.
> Oh, I meant the buffer seqfile read op writes to, so it depends on the
> fact that the allocation is only on the first read? That seems
> extremely brittle to me, especially for an issue which tends to be
> difficult to reproduce.

It is easy for user-space to ensure they read once before any critical time..

> > Separately:
> >
> > > Ugh... :( If this can't be avoided at all, I'd much prefer it to be
> > > something explicit - a flag marking the file as needing a persistent
> > > write buffer which is allocated on open. "Small" writes on stack
> > > feels way to implicit to me.
> >
> > How about if we add seq_getbuf() and seq_putbuf() to seqfile
> > which takes a 'struct seq_file' and a size and returns the ->buf
> > after making sure it is big enough.
> > It also claims and releases the seqfile ->lock.
> >
> > Then we would be using the same buffer for reads and write.
> >
> > Does that sound suitable? It uses existing infrastructure and avoids having
> > to identify in advance which attributes it is important for.
> I'd much rather keep things direct and make it explicitly allocate r/w
> buffer(s) on open and disallow seq_file operations on such files.

As far as I can tell, seq_read is used on all sysfs files that are
readable except for 'binary' files. Are you suggesting all files that might
need to be accessed without a kmalloc have to be binary files?

Having to identify those files which are important in advance seems the more
"brittle" approach to me. I would much rather it "just worked"

Would you prefer a new per-attribute flag which directed sysfs to
pre-allocate a full page, or a 'max_size' attribute which caused a buffer of
that size to be allocated on open?
The same size would be used to pre-allocate the seqfile buf (like
single_open_size does) if reads were supported.


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