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Date:	Mon, 2 Jun 2008 02:36:29 +0300
From:	Octavian Purdila <>
Subject: [RFC] [PATCH] tcp_splice_read: do not promote SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK to socket O_NONBLOCK

This patch stops propagating SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK as O_NONBLOCK to the 
underlaying socket. It follows the man page semantic - or at least my 

This approach also provides a simple solution to the splice transfer size 
problem. Say we have the following common sequence:

splice(socket, pipe);
splice(pipe, file);

Unless we specify SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK, we can't use arbitrarily large size 
transfers with the 1st splice since otherwise we will deadlock due to 
pipe "fullness".  But if we use SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK, the current implementation 
will make the underlying socket non-blocking and thus will force us use poll 
or other notification mechanism.

Choosing a splice transfer size so that we don't deadlock is tricky: we want 
to use a large value to improve performance (less system calls) and at the 
same time we need to stay under PIPE_BUFFERS packets. Fragmentation / MTU 
complicates this equation further.


commit 48ca7b28c611d07db5bc48a6519385873e058e2c
Author: Octavian Purdila <>
Date:   Sun Jun 1 22:27:36 2008 +0300

    tcp_splice_read: do not promote SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK to socket O_NONBLOCK
    This patch changes tcp_splice_read to the behavior implied by man 2
    splice: SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK - Do not block on I/O. This makes the splice
    pipe operations non-blocking, but splice() may nevertheless block
    because the file descriptors that are spliced to/from may block
    (unless they have the O_NONBLOCK flag set).
    Signed-off-by: Octavian Purdila <>

diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp.c b/net/ipv4/tcp.c
index 78c66b6..a21d599 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp.c
@@ -569,7 +569,7 @@ ssize_t tcp_splice_read(struct socket *sock, loff_t *ppos,
-	timeo = sock_rcvtimeo(sk, flags & SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK);
+	timeo = sock_rcvtimeo(sk, sock->file->f_flags & O_NONBLOCK);
 	while (tss.len) {
 		ret = __tcp_splice_read(sk, &tss);
 		if (ret < 0)
@@ -577,10 +577,6 @@ ssize_t tcp_splice_read(struct socket *sock, loff_t *ppos,
 		else if (!ret) {
 			if (spliced)
-			if (flags & SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK) {
-				ret = -EAGAIN;
-				break;
-			}
 			if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_DONE))
 			if (sk->sk_err) {

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