net: splice() from tcp to pipe should take into account O_NONBLOCK
authorEric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@gmail.com>
Thu, 1 Oct 2009 22:26:00 +0000 (15:26 -0700)
committerDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
Fri, 2 Oct 2009 16:46:05 +0000 (09:46 -0700)
commit42324c62704365d6a3e89138dea55909d2f26afe
tree6a56f042aebb4e0dbc8da7e904d79989e42b3666
parent914a9ab386a288d0f22252fc268ecbc048cdcbd5
net: splice() from tcp to pipe should take into account O_NONBLOCK

tcp_splice_read() doesnt take into account socket's O_NONBLOCK flag

Before this patch :

splice(socket,0,pipe,0,128*1024,SPLICE_F_MOVE);
causes a random endless block (if pipe is full) and
splice(socket,0,pipe,0,128*1024,SPLICE_F_MOVE | SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK);
will return 0 immediately if the TCP buffer is empty.

User application has no way to instruct splice() that socket should be in blocking mode
but pipe in nonblock more.

Many projects cannot use splice(tcp -> pipe) because of this flaw.

http://git.samba.org/?p=samba.git;a=history;f=source3/lib/recvfile.c;h=ea0159642137390a0f7e57a123684e6e63e47581;hb=HEAD
http://lkml.indiana.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0807.2/0687.html

Linus introduced  SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK in commit 29e350944fdc2dfca102500790d8ad6d6ff4f69d
(splice: add SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK flag )

  It doesn't make the splice itself necessarily nonblocking (because the
  actual file descriptors that are spliced from/to may block unless they
  have the O_NONBLOCK flag set), but it makes the splice pipe operations
  nonblocking.

Linus intention was clear : let SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK control the splice pipe mode only

This patch instruct tcp_splice_read() to use the underlying file O_NONBLOCK
flag, as other socket operations do.

Users will then call :

splice(socket,0,pipe,0,128*1024,SPLICE_F_MOVE | SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK );

to block on data coming from socket (if file is in blocking mode),
and not block on pipe output (to avoid deadlock)

First version of this patch was submitted by Octavian Purdila

Reported-by: Volker Lendecke <vl@samba.org>
Reported-by: Jason Gunthorpe <jgunthorpe@obsidianresearch.com>
Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@gmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Octavian Purdila <opurdila@ixiacom.com>
Acked-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Acked-by: Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
net/ipv4/tcp.c