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Re: reference counts on sockets?

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 03:59:52PM -0400, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:

> I have an in-kernel consumer of the socket API, which uses a very large
> number of sockets.  I don't want to maintain file structures associated
> with all these sockets unless I absolutely must -- they're wasteful, and
> kernel memory is at a premium.
> The problem is that some of the code in the socket layer assumes that if
> SS_NOFDREF is set, a socket's not long for this world and can be killed
> off.  This seems like a poor substitute for a real reference counter, and
> mingles the semantics "has no associated file descriptor" and "is being
> deallocated" besides.
> I'd like to add reference counts to sockets, either manipulated under
> the socket lock, or by atomic operations.  Opinions?

I think it's a good idea. I wanted to do the same along with the socket
locking but SS_NOFDREF seems a bit overloaded, so I left it.


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