Re: [take9 2/2] kevent: poll/select() notifications. Timer notifications.

From: Evgeniy Polyakov
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 07:13:03 EST

On Fri, Aug 18, 2006 at 11:41:20AM +0100, Christoph Hellwig (hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 05:40:32PM +0400, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
> > > What speaks against a patch the recplaces the epoll core by something that
> > > build on kevent while still supporting the epoll interface as a compatibility
> > > shim?
> >
> > There is no problem from my side, but epoll and kevent_poll differs on
> > some aspects, so it can be better to not replace them for a while.
> Please explain the differences and why they are important. We really
> shouldn't keep on adding code without beeing able to replace older bits.
> If there's a really good reason we can keep things separate, but
> "epoll and kevent_poll differs on some aspects"
> is not one :)

kevent_poll uses hash table (actually it is kevent that uses table),
locking is simpler and part of it is hidden in kevent core.
Actually kevent_poll is just a container allocator for poll wait queue.
So epoll does not differ (except hash/tree and locking,
which is based on locks for pathes which are shared in kevent with those
ones which can be called from irq/bh context) from kevent + kevent_poll.
And since kevent_poll can be not selected while epoll is always there
(until embedded config is turned on), I recommend to have them both.
Or always turn kevent on :)

Evgeniy Polyakov
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