copy on write for splice() from file to pipe?

Linus Torvalds torvalds at
Fri Feb 10 22:35:11 UTC 2023

On Fri, Feb 10, 2023 at 2:26 PM Jens Axboe <axboe at> wrote:
> >
> > (I actually suspect that /dev/zero no longer works as a splice source,
> > since we disabled the whole "fall back to regular IO" that Christoph
> > did in 36e2c7421f02 "fs: don't allow splice read/write without
> > explicit ops").
> Yet another one... Since it has a read_iter, should be fixable with just
> adding the generic splice_read.

I actually very consciously did *not* want to add cases of
generic_splice_read() "just because we can".

I've been on a "let's minimize the reach of splice" thing for a while.
I really loved Christoph's patches, even if I may not have been hugely
vocal about it. His getting rid of set/get_fs() got rid of a *lot* of
splice pain.

And rather than try to make everything work with splice that used to
work just because it fell back on read/write, I was waiting for actual
regression reports.

Even when splice fails, a lot of user space then falls back on
read/write, and unless there is some really fundamental reason not to,
I think that's always the right thing to do.

So we do have a number of "add splice_write/splice_read" commits, but
they are hopefully all the result of people actually noticing

You can do

     git log --grep=36e2c7421f02

to see at least some of them, and I really don't want to see them
without a "Reported-by" and an actual issue.

Exactly because I'm not all that enamoured with splice any more.


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