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

From: Octavian Purdila
Date: Fri Jul 18 2008 - 07:22:12 EST

On Friday 18 July 2008, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:

> tcp_splice_read:
> timeo = sock_rcvtimeo(sk, flags & SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK);
> So, if you set SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK, then reading from the network will not
> block. Splice can block in reading from other descriptors though. It can
> also block during writing.

I know that. But I am arguing that splice API does not required not to block
even when the SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK is used. So changing this behavior the way I
suggested will still be conformant with the splice API requirements.

> > > > 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?
> > >
> > > I'm not sure I understand how it can deadlock, please explain it in
> > > more details.
> >
> > For this "program":
> >
> > x=splice(socket, pipe, size, flags=0);
> > if (x > 0)
> > splice(pipe, file, x, flags=0);
> >
> > it is hard to come up with a non tiny value for size that does not
> > deadlock the program, because the pipe size is measured in packets and
> > not bytes and we have no control over the packet sizes.
> >
> > For example, if we set size=17 and we are unlucky and get 16 packets of 1
> > byte in a row, at the right time, the first splice call will block - and
> > the program will deadlock since we can't reach the consumer.
> It is not a deadlock. recv() on blocking socket with the same parameters
> will behave exactly the same. Application designer should think about
> how it is supposed to handle cases, when not enough data is available in
> the receiving queue - either return or wait.

Sorry, it was an unfortunate example :) This is not about not enough data
being available. Lets change the number of packets in the example with 20
instead of 16 (and keep the size to 17) - the splice call will still block
because of the pipe being full. The pipe can only hold PIPE_BUFFERS packets
(which is 16 currently).

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