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Date:	Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:49:24 +0100
From:	Kay Sievers <>
To:	Martin Mares <>
Cc:	Tom Gundersen <>, LKML <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH RESEND][pciutils] libpci: pci_id_lookup - add udev/hwdb support

On Sun, Dec 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM, Martin Mares <> wrote:
> Hello Kay,
>> Libpci and its linear search through megabytes of text files for evey
>> new query is too inefficient, that we cannot afford to use it during
>> early bootup. It was the largest hit left in bootup profiling on
>> machines booting userspace in the sub-1-second range on common
>> machines. It was probably never meant to provide efficient queries,
>> but it's the reason we can never use it during early boot.
> I do not know what you are speaking about -- libpci definitely does
> not perform linear scans on pci.ids. It builds a hash table from pci.ids
> on the first query and and all subsequent queries are O(1) on average.

It does that per process doing that, and that's the problem for how
udev works/worked. The binary hwdb is on-disk and can be mmaped, and
there is no difference between initialization, first, or subsequent

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