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Re: [PATCH v1 1/4] lib: introduce copy_struct_from_user() helper

On Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 12:43 PM Al Viro <> wrote:
> FWIW, I would probably add a kernel-space analogue of that thing at the
> same time - check that an area is all-zeroes is not all that rare.

Hmm. Maybe.

> Another thing is that for s390 we almost certainly want something better
> than word-by-word.  IIRC, word-sized userland accesses really hurt there.
> It's nowhere near as critical as with strncpy_from_user(), but with the
> same underlying issue.

Well, s390 does have those magic "area" instructions, but part of why
it's expensive on s390 is that they haven't implemented the
"user_access_begin()/end()' stuff. I think s390 could use that to at
least minimize some of the costs.

With the common case presumably being just a couple of words, it migth
not be worth it doing anything more than that even on s390.

Interestingly (or perhaps not) if I read the internal s390
implementation correctly, they kind of _have_ that concept and they
use it internally. It's just that they call it "enable_sacf_uaccess()"
and "disable_sacf_uaccess()" instead.


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