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From: Andrew Morton <>
To: Eric Sandeen <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] reduce large do_mount stack usage with noinlines
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 14:34:57 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Wed, 06 Feb 2008 16:13:58 -0600
Eric Sandeen <> wrote:

> do_mount() uses a whopping 616 bytes of stack on x86_64 in 
> 2.6.24-mm1, largely thanks to gcc inlining the various helper 
> functions.

hm, sizeof(nameidata)=136 and I can see about three of them on the stack. 
Must have missed something.

> noinlining these can slim it down a lot; on my box this patch
> gets it down to 168, which is mostly the struct nameidata nd;
> left on the stack.
> These functions are called only as do_mount() helpers;
> none of them should be in any path that would see a performance
> benefit from inlining...

Does the patch actually help?  I mean, if a() calls b() and both use N
bytes of locals, our worst-case stack usage remains ~2N whether or not b()
was inlined in a()?  In fact, uninlining makes things a little worse due to
callframe stuff.

> -static int do_change_type(struct nameidata *nd, int flag)
> +static noinline int do_change_type(struct nameidata *nd, int flag)

There's no way for the reader to work out why this is here, so I do think
it should be commented somewhere.

  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-06 22:35 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-06 22:13 Eric Sandeen
2008-02-06 22:34 ` Andrew Morton [this message]
2008-02-06 22:54   ` Arjan van de Ven
2008-02-06 23:01     ` Eric Sandeen
2008-02-06 22:55   ` Eric Sandeen
2008-02-06 23:11   ` Eric Sandeen
2008-02-06 23:22     ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-06 23:34       ` Eric Sandeen
2008-02-06 23:46         ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-07 23:08       ` Eric Sandeen
2008-02-07 23:23         ` Arjan van de Ven
2008-02-07 23:26         ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-08 16:50       ` Andi Kleen
2008-02-08 16:54         ` Eric Sandeen
2008-02-08 17:23           ` Al Viro

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