Re: [PATCH] fs/select: add vmalloc fallback for select(2)

From: Vlastimil Babka
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 - 07:51:27 EST

On 09/27/2016 01:42 PM, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
On Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:37:24 +0000
David Laight <David.Laight@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Nicholas Piggin
> Sent: 27 September 2016 12:25
> On Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:44:04 +0200
> Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> What's your customer doing with those selects? If they care at all about
> performance, I doubt they want select to attempt order-4 allocations, fail,
> then use vmalloc :)

If they care about performance they shouldn't be passing select() lists that
are anywhere near that large.
If the number of actual fd is small - use poll().

Right. Presumably it's some old app they're still using, no?

Process name suggests it's part of db2 database. It seems it has to implement its own interface to select() syscall, because glibc itself seems to have a FD_SETSIZE limit of 1024, which is probably why this wasn't an issue for all the years...