a take at cache coherency

Simon 'corecode' Schubert corecode at fs.ei.tum.de
Tue Jan 24 04:51:00 PST 2006

Csaba Henk wrote:
More concretely, cache_unlink_parent should iterate
cache_shadow_detach() over the list of shadowing entries (as a tweak,
there might be a flag which asks for not doing so).
I think this would settle renaming issues.

Similar mechanisms could be used to maintain groupwise namecache
attibutes in each member of the shadow group, not just at the head. This
way your greatest annoyances (including the API muck-up) could be
We could keep the locking mechanism as it is in my patch. That's
transparent to the users anyway.
What do you think?
How about this:

We need to linearize the cache entries anyways now, as we can't maintain 
a tree structure with doubly linked lists.

- have a ncp_shadowroot
- have a ncp_shadowlink which maintains a single linked list to all 
other entries in the group
- this way we don't have to run through all entries every time when 
doing locking.  we just lock ncp->ncp_shadowroot->ncp_exlocks++.

both entries would be set to NULL in a normal (non-shadowed) ncp.

now, if we want to e.g. rename the whole group, we just start at 
ncp_shadowroot and cycle through ncp_shadowlinks.

I don't know what matt thought of cache coherency because I don't know 
the usage model, but what we are doing now at least does its job for 
nullfs et al.

how do you like this?

the only thing that (still) bothers me is:   what happens if somebody 
locks (cache_lookup) an unresolved (and thus unconnected) nullncp and 
locks the shadowed ncp (where the system doesn't know about yet about 
this connection).  imagine two processes doing this, each in different 

time	thread1			thread2
1	lock null		lock lower
2	resolve null (blocks)	lock null (blocks)
we have a deadlock.  resolving null means having to lock lower, but this 
fails as another thread already obtained the lock.

hm.  thinking about that we just have to give up the lock while 
resolving null...  i hope that's enough

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