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Date:	Tue, 12 Jun 2007 15:29:51 +0400
From:	Evgeniy Polyakov <>
To:	Jens Axboe <>
Cc:	David Miller <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH][RFC] network splice receive

On Sat, Jun 09, 2007 at 08:36:09AM +0200, Jens Axboe ( wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 08 2007, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 06:57:25PM +0400, Evgeniy Polyakov ( wrote:
> > > I will try some things for the nearest 30-60 minutes, and then will move to
> > > canoe trip until thuesday, so will not be able to work on this idea.
> > 
> > Ok, replacing in fs/splice.c every page_cache_release() with
> > static void splice_page_release(struct page *p)
> > {
> > 	if (!PageSlab(p))
> > 		page_cache_release(p);
> > }
> Ehm, I don't see why that should be necessary. Except in
> splice_to_pipe(), I have considered that we need to pass in a release
> function if mapping fails at some point. But it's probably best to do
> that in the caller, since they have the knowledge of how to release the
> pages.
> The rest of the PageSlab() tests are bogus.

I had a crashdump, where page was released via splice_to_pipe() indeed,
I did not investigate if it is possible to release provided page in
other places. I think if in future there will other slab usage cases
except networking receiving, that might be useful, but as is it is not

> > and putting cloned skb into private field instead of 
> > original on in spd_fill_page() ends up without kernel hung.
> Why? Seems pointless to allocate a clone just to hold on to the skb, a
> reference should be equally good. I would not be opposed to doing it
> this way, I just don't see what a clone buys us as compared to just
> holding that reference to the skb.

Receiving code does not expect shared skbs - too many fields are changed
with assumptions that it is a private copy.

> > I'm not sure it is correct, that page can be released in fs/splice.c
> > without calling any callback from network code, when network data is
> > being processed.
> Please explain!

I had a crashdump, where page was attempted to be released in
fs/splice.c:splice_to_pipe(), I do not have details handy, but the best
solution would be to provide a release callback and use that instead of

	Evgeniy Polyakov
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