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Date:	Sat, 12 Jan 2008 12:16:13 +0100
From:	Eric Dumazet <>
To:	Stephen Hemminger <>
CC:	David Miller <>,
	Robert Olsson <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 9/9] fix sparse warnings

Stephen Hemminger a écrit :
> Make FIB TRIE go through sparse checker without warnings.
> Signed-off-by: Stephen Hemminger <>

Hi Stephen

While reviewing your patches (and fib code) I had some questions :

1) I was wondering isn't trie_collect_stats() a potential cpu hog
(big latency) ?

2) struct tnode layout
    If tnode->bits is large enough, we allocate a big area
    of memory but roughly use only first half of it.
    We could use a better scheme with an extra indirection. For small
    nodes, we use space right after tnode, but for big nodes, we allocate
    a power of two set of pages, to exactly match the memory need.

3) 'pos' and 'bits' fields of 'struct tnode' might be converted to
    plain uchar, instead of 5-bits fields, to reduce complexity for
    generated code.

4) full_children & empty_children being 'unsigned short',
    we probably are limited to 2^15 elements, but I could not
    find this limit enforced somewhere.

[FIB]: Reduce text size of net/ipv4/fib_trie.o

In struct tnode, we use two fields of 5 bits for 'pos' and 'bits'.
Switching to plain 'unsigned char' (8 bits) take the same space
because of compiler alignments, and reduce text size by 435 bytes
on i386.

On i386 :
$ size net/ipv4/fib_trie.o.before_patch net/ipv4/fib_trie.o
    text    data     bss     dec     hex filename
   13714       4      64   13782    35d6 net/ipv4/fib_trie.o.before
   13279       4      64   13347    3423 net/ipv4/fib_trie.o

Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <>

View attachment "fib_trie.patch" of type "text/plain" (606 bytes)

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