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

From: NeilBrown
Date: Tue Sep 23 2014 - 02:12:17 EST

On Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:51:56 -0400 Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 03:40:58PM +1000, NeilBrown wrote:
> > > 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..
> Sure, but it's a hard and subtle dependency on an extremely obscure
> implementation detail.
> > > 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?
> kernfs ->direct_read() callback doesn't go through seq_file. sysfs
> can be extended to support that for regular files, I guess. Or just
> make those special files binary?
> > Having to identify those files which are important in advance seems the more
> > "brittle" approach to me. I would much rather it "just worked"
> I disagree. The files which shouldn't involve memory allocations must
> be identified no matter what. They're *very* special. And the rules
> that userland has to follow seem completely broken to me. "Small"
> writes are okay, whatever that means, and "small" reads are okay too
> as long as it isn't the first read. Ooh, BTW, if the second read ends
> up expanding the initial buffer, it isn't okay - the initial boundary
> is PAGE_SIZE and the buffer is expanded twice on each overflow. How
> are these rules okay? This is borderline crazy. In addition, the
> read path involves a lot more code this way. It ends up locking down
> buffer policies of the whole seqfile implementation.
> > 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.
> Yes but I really think we should avoid seqfile dependency.

I'll see what I can do.

You didn't say if you preferred a flag or a 'max_size'.


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