Merge branch 'net-remove-dst-garbage-collector-logic'
Wei Wang says: ==================== remove dst garbage collector logic The current mechanism of dst release is a bit complicated. It is because the users of dst get divided into 2 situations: 1. Most users take the reference count when using a dst and release the reference count when done. 2. Exceptional users like IPv4/IPv6/decnet/xfrm routing code do not take reference count when referencing to a dst due to some histotic reasons. Due to those exceptional use cases in 2, reference count being 0 is not an adequate evidence to indicate that no user is using this dst. So users in 1 can't free the dst simply based on reference count being 0 because users in 2 might still hold reference to it. Instead, a dst garbage list is needed to hold the dst entries that already get removed by the users in 2 but are still held by users in 1. And a periodic garbage collector task is run to check all the dst entries in the list to see if the users in 1 have released the reference to those dst entries. If so, the dst is now ready to be freed. This logic introduces unnecessary complications in the dst code which makes it hard to understand and to debug. In order to get rid of the whole dst garbage collector (gc) and make the dst code more unified and simplified, we can make the users in 2 also take reference count on the dst and release it properly when done. This way, dst can be safely freed once the refcount drops to 0 and no gc thread is needed anymore. This patch series' target is to completely get rid of dst gc logic and free dst based on reference count only. Patch 1-3 are preparation patches to do some cleanup/improvement on the existing code to make later work easier. Patch 4-21 are real implementations. In these patches, a temporary flag DST_NOGC is used to help transition those exceptional users one by one. Once every component is transitioned, this temporary flag is removed. By the end of this patch series, all dst are refcounted when being used and released when done. And dst will be freed when its refcount drops to 0. No dst gc task is running anymore. Note: This patch series depends on the decnet fix that was sent right before: "decnet: always not take dst->__refcnt when inserting dst into hash table" v2: add curly braces in udp_v4/6_early_demux() in patch 02 add EXPORT_SYMBOL() for dst_dev_put() in patch 05 ==================== Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <[email protected]>
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