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Re: [patch 14/22] pollfs: pollable futex

From:  "Ulrich Drepper" <>
To:  "Davi Arnaut" <>
Subject:  Re: [patch 14/22] pollfs: pollable futex
Date:  Thu, 3 May 2007 06:40:54 -0700
Cc:  "Eric Dumazet" <>, "Andrew Morton" <>, "Davide Libenzi" <>, "Linus Torvalds" <>, "Linux Kernel Mailing List" <>
Archive-link:  Article, Thread

On 5/2/07, Davi Arnaut <> wrote:
> The usage cases of yours are quite different from mine. We don't use a
> single file descriptor to to manage various resources. The worker threads
> are _not going_ to have a file descriptor, _only_ the event dispatching
> (poll)
> thread.

An model which doesn't scale well.

> A pollable futex is even more useful for _single_ threaded programs that
> don't want to go into lengthy hacks to monitor events coming from the
> outside
> world.

There is nothing here that cannot be done with a more complete model
for event handling.  It's Linus decision whether he wants to add yet
more code, yet more possible problems, yet more maintenance
overhead/nightmare for an interim solution which isn't necessary,
which cannot solve all the problems, and which is not as scalable as
other proposed methods.

I can only say that I would be trickly against it.  It makes just no sense.

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