Re: [BK][PATCH] ReiserFS CPU and memory bandwidth efficient large writes

From: Oleg Drokin (
Date: Sat Dec 14 2002 - 15:25:20 EST


On Sat, Dec 14, 2002 at 12:10:55PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Well, 450 bytes is way below 4k (~7 times less if we'd take task struct
> > into account) ;)
> > I can replace that on-stack array with kmalloc, but that probably
> > would be a lot of overhead for no benefit.
> It would be a little overhead. kmalloc is damn quick, and remember
> that this data has to be copied from userspace and has go to disk
> sometime. These things will make the kmalloc overhead very small.

Hm. Ok, this can be done.

> > What do you think is safe stack usage limit for a function?
> As little as possible?

reiserfs v3 was traditionally hungry on stack space I think.

> One way of measuring these things is with your trusty linusometer.
> Manfred and I were sent back to the drawing board last week for a
> function which used 400 bytes...


> > (and btw you have not even seen reiser4 stack usage ;) )
> uh-oh. We need to be very sparing indeed.
> I had a patch once which would print out "maximum stack space
> ever used by this process" on exit, but Alan fumbled it. I shall
> resurrect it.

We have that for reiser4, that how we learn about all the stack overflows we
have/had ;)

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