Re: [git pull] more vfs bits

From: David Howells
Date: Sun Feb 22 2015 - 07:44:23 EST

Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> So the ACCESS_ONCE() thing is more special than just "done under RCU".
> It's more like "really special case done without any of the normal
> locking _or_ any of the normal RCU checks".
> That said, the overhead of using ACCESS_ONCE() is basically nil, so
> it's not like we couldn't just start doing more of them, and make it
> be more of a "any time we're under RCU" kind of thing.

Some functions access ->d_inode more than once. Wouldn't that potentially
increase the number of load instructions? Admittedly, calls to
dentry->d_inode could be replaced with inode = dentry->d_inode, then use

> Yeah, I think "d_backing_store_inode()" would probably be more along
> the lines, but that's a mouthful. Maybe shortened to
> "d_backing_inode()"?

Sounds more reasonable than d_opened_inode(). d_actual_inode() might also
work. d_lower_inode() might work too.

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