Hacking and Other Thoughts

Thu, 26 Aug 2010

Converting sk_buff to list_head.

I've been trying to make this happen, off and on, for at least two years now. Most of the kernel is straightforward and uses the skb_*() interfaces we have for manipulating skb objects on a list.

So for those, simply tweaking the interfaces in skbuff.h will make them all "just work".

However there are a few other spots in the kernel which manipulate the SKB list pointers directly:

I'm taking another stab at this, and hopefully I can work out these wrinkles. It'd be a really nice change because of lot of uses of "struct sk_buff_head" which don't care about the spinlock or the packet count can be converted to simply "list_head" saving serious space in various datastructures.