[RFC] vfs: don't bother clearing close_on_exec bit for unused fds

From: Rasmus Villemoes
Date: Tue Nov 03 2015 - 04:41:42 EST

In fc90888d07b8 (vfs: conditionally clear close-on-exec flag) a
conditional was added to __clear_close_on_exec to avoid dirtying a
cache line in the common case where the bit is already clear. However,
AFAICT, we don't rely on the close_on_exec bit being clear for unused
fds, except as an optimization in do_close_on_exec(); if I haven't
missed anything, __{set,clear}_close_on_exec is always called when a
new fd is allocated. At the expense of also reading through ->open_fds
in do_close_on_exec(), we can avoid accessing the close_on_exec bitmap
altogether in close(), which I think is a reasonable trade-off.

The conditional added in the commit above still makes sense to avoid
the dirtying on the allocation paths, but I also think it might make
sense in __set_close_on_exec: I suppose any given app handling a
non-trivial amount of fds uses O_CLOEXEC for either almost none or
almost all of them.

Signed-off-by: Rasmus Villemoes <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I'm sure I've missed something, hence the RFC. But if not, there's
probably also a few memsets which become redundant. And the
__set_close_on_exec part should probably be its own patch...

fs/file.c | 6 +++---
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/file.c b/fs/file.c
index c6986dce0334..93cfbcd450c3 100644
--- a/fs/file.c
+++ b/fs/file.c
@@ -231,7 +231,8 @@ repeat:

static inline void __set_close_on_exec(int fd, struct fdtable *fdt)
- __set_bit(fd, fdt->close_on_exec);
+ if (!test_bit(fd, fdt->close_on_exec))
+ __set_bit(fd, fdt->close_on_exec);

static inline void __clear_close_on_exec(int fd, struct fdtable *fdt)
@@ -644,7 +645,6 @@ int __close_fd(struct files_struct *files, unsigned fd)
if (!file)
goto out_unlock;
rcu_assign_pointer(fdt->fd[fd], NULL);
- __clear_close_on_exec(fd, fdt);
__put_unused_fd(files, fd);
return filp_close(file, files);
@@ -667,7 +667,7 @@ void do_close_on_exec(struct files_struct *files)
fdt = files_fdtable(files);
if (fd >= fdt->max_fds)
- set = fdt->close_on_exec[i];
+ set = fdt->close_on_exec[i] & fdt->open_fds[i];
if (!set)
fdt->close_on_exec[i] = 0;

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