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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 14/14] dcache: Implement object migration
On Wed, Apr 03, 2019 at 06:48:55PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 03, 2019 at 06:19:21PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 03, 2019 at 06:08:11PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> >
> > > Oh, *brilliant*
> > >
> > > Let's do d_invalidate() on random dentries and hope they go away.
> > > With convoluted and brittle logics for deciding which ones to
> > > spare, which is actually wrong. This will pick mountpoints
> > > and tear them out, to start with.
> > >
> > > NAKed-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
> > >
> > > And this is a NAK for the entire approach; if it has a positive refcount,
> > > LEAVE IT ALONE. Period. Don't play this kind of games, they are wrong.
> > > d_invalidate() is not something that can be done to an arbitrary dentry.
> >
> > PS: "try to evict what can be evicted out of this set" can be done, but
> > you want something like
> > start with empty list
> > go through your array of references
> > grab dentry->d_lock
> > if dentry->d_lockref.count is not zero
> > unlock and continue
> > if dentry->d_flags & DCACHE_SHRINK_LIST
> > ditto, it's not for us to play with
> > if (dentry->d_flags & DCACHE_LRU_LIST)
> > d_lru_del(dentry);
> > d_shrink_add(dentry, &list);
> > unlock
> >
> > on the collection phase and
> > if the list is not empty by the end of that loop
> > shrink_dentry_list(&list);
> > on the disposal.
>
> Note, BTW, that your constructor is wrong - all it really needs to do
> is spin_lock_init() and setting ->d_lockref.count same as lockref_mark_dead()
> does, to match the state of dentries being torn down.

Thanks for looking at this Al.

> __d_alloc() is not holding ->d_lock, since the object is not visible to
> anybody else yet; with your changes it *is* visible.

I don't quite understand this comment. How is the object visible? The
constructor is only called when allocating a new page to the slab and
this is done with interrupts disabled.

> However, if the
> assignment to ->d_lockref.count in __d_alloc() is guaranteed to be
> non-zero to non-zero, the above should be safe.

I've done as you suggest and set it to -128

Thanks for schooling me on the VFS stuff.


Tobin

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