Re: [PATCH] tcp: do not promote SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK to socket O_NONBLOCK

From: Octavian Purdila
Date: Thu Jul 17 2008 - 10:49:48 EST

On Thursday 17 July 2008, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:

> Existing behaviour was selected to be able to have a progress if socket
> does not have enough data to fill the pipe. With your change if socket
> is not opened with non-blocking mode reading will block not matter if
> SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK is set or not.

I am probably missing some usecases here, but usually if you want to use
non-blocking I/O you need to use special approach anyway (e.g. code the
poll/epoll/select bits) so then you could open the socket with O_NONBLOCK.

> This is a quite serious break of the
> overall idea behind SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK.

I don't know... the man page explicitly says that even when you use
SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK splice may block because of the underlying fd blocking.

But more importantly, how can we solve the deadlock issue described in the
patch? Do we need all of the complications of async I/O for such a simple and
common usecase?

Maybe we can solve both usecases by using two flags: one for splice and
another one for the underlying file descriptor?

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