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Date:	Sun, 22 Jul 2007 12:39:32 +1000
From:	Rusty Russell <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH]: Resurrect napi_poll patch.

On Sat, 2007-07-21 at 18:59 -0700, David Miller wrote:
> But note that you'd be adding a pointer deref, the current sequence:
> napi_struct --> netdev --> driver_private
> involves all pointer arithmetic and no derefs, whereas:
> napi_struct --> driver_private --> netdev
> will involve at least on deref to get to the netdev from the
> driver_private.
> (Ignore the fact that netdev_priv() is not currently optimized
>  as it used to be, that's an abberation of the current multi-queue
>  implementation and will be fixed).
> So this suggestion does have real downsides.

But if netdev -> driver_private can be optimized, so can driver_private
-> netdev.  We just don't have a wrapper for it.  netdev_of() perhaps?

(If it can't be implemented by ptr arith, we have to do some allocation
tricks to hide the dev ptr before driver_private, but it's still

Perhaps we should do this anyway: it's another "every driver wants it"
kind of deal AFAICT...


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