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Date:   Tue, 5 Jul 2022 18:26:42 -0400
From:   Soheil Hassas Yeganeh <soheil@...gle.com>
To:     Leonard Crestez <cdleonard@...il.com>
Cc:     Paolo Abeni <pabeni@...hat.com>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Eric Dumazet <edumazet@...gle.com>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>, Wei Wang <weiwan@...gle.com>,
        Joanne Koong <joannelkoong@...il.com>,
        netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] net: Shrink sock.sk_err sk_err_soft to u16 from int

On Tue, Jul 5, 2022 at 9:01 AM Leonard Crestez <cdleonard@...il.com> wrote:
>
> On 7/5/22 13:31, Paolo Abeni wrote:
> > On Sun, 2022-07-03 at 23:06 +0300, Leonard Crestez wrote:
> >> These fields hold positive errno values which are limited by
> >> ERRNO_MAX=4095 so 16 bits is more than enough.
> >>
> >> They are also always positive; setting them to a negative errno value
> >> can result in falsely reporting a successful read/write of incorrect
> >> size.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Leonard Crestez <cdleonard@...il.com>
> >> ---
> >>   include/net/sock.h | 2 +-
> >>   1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> >>
> >> I ran some relatively complex tests without noticing issues but some corner
> >> case where this breaks might exist.
> >
> > Could you please explain in length the rationale behind this change?
> >
> > Note that this additionally changes the struct sock binary layout,
> > which in turn in quite relevant for high speed data transfer.
>
> The rationale is that shrinking structs is almost always better. I know
> that due to various roundings it likely won't actually impact memory
> consumption unless accumulated with other size reductions.
>
> These sk_err fields don't seem to be in a particularly "hot" area so I
> don't think it will impact performance.
>
> My expectation is that after a socket error is reported the socket will
> likely be closed so that there will be very few writes to this field.

Since you're packing sk_err and sk_err_soft into a DWORD, I'd suggest
adding another patch on top to move both fields right before sk_filter
where we have a 4-byte hole. As far as I can tell, this should save
one QWORD from "struct sock".

Eric, I believe these fields are read-mostly and that wouldn't infer
with your previous layout optimizations. Is my understanding correct?

Thanks,
Soheil

> --
> Regards,
> Leonard

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