[PATCH 0/4] De-couple sysfs memory directories from memory sections

Nathan Fontenot nfont at austin.ibm.com
Fri Jan 21 03:51:44 EST 2011

On 01/20/2011 10:45 AM, Greg KH wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:36:40AM -0600, Nathan Fontenot wrote:
>> The root of this issue is in sysfs directory creation. Every time
>> a directory is created a string compare is done against sibling
>> directories ( see sysfs_find_dirent() ) to ensure we do not create 
>> duplicates.  The list of directory nodes in sysfs is kept as an
>> unsorted list which results in this being an exponentially longer
>> operation as the number of directories are created.
> Again, are you sure about this?  I thought we resolved this issue in the
> past, but you were going to check it.  Did you?

Yes, the string compare is still present in the sysfs code.  There was
discussion around this sometime last year when I sent a patch out that
stored the directory entries in something other than a linked list.
That patch was rejected but it was agreed that something should be done.


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