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authorArjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org>2006-01-08 01:05:04 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@g5.osdl.org>2006-01-08 20:14:06 -0800
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[PATCH] Add a section about inlining to Documentation/CodingStyle
Adds a bit of text to Documentation/Codingstyle to state that inlining everything "just because" is a bad idea Signed-off-by: Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
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@@ -344,7 +344,7 @@ Remember: if another thread can find your data structure, and you don't
have a reference count on it, you almost certainly have a bug.
- Chapter 11: Macros, Enums, Inline functions and RTL
+ Chapter 11: Macros, Enums and RTL
Names of macros defining constants and labels in enums are capitalized.
@@ -429,7 +429,35 @@ from void pointer to any other pointer type is guaranteed by the C programming
- Chapter 14: References
+ Chapter 14: The inline disease
+There appears to be a common misperception that gcc has a magic "make me
+faster" speedup option called "inline". While the use of inlines can be
+appropriate (for example as a means of replacing macros, see Chapter 11), it
+very often is not. Abundant use of the inline keyword leads to a much bigger
+kernel, which in turn slows the system as a whole down, due to a bigger
+icache footprint for the CPU and simply because there is less memory
+available for the pagecache. Just think about it; a pagecache miss causes a
+disk seek, which easily takes 5 miliseconds. There are a LOT of cpu cycles
+that can go into these 5 miliseconds.
+A reasonable rule of thumb is to not put inline at functions that have more
+than 3 lines of code in them. An exception to this rule are the cases where
+a parameter is known to be a compiletime constant, and as a result of this
+constantness you *know* the compiler will be able to optimize most of your
+function away at compile time. For a good example of this later case, see
+the kmalloc() inline function.
+Often people argue that adding inline to functions that are static and used
+only once is always a win since there is no space tradeoff. While this is
+technically correct, gcc is capable of inlining these automatically without
+help, and the maintenance issue of removing the inline when a second user
+appears outweighs the potential value of the hint that tells gcc to do
+something it would have done anyway.
+ Chapter 15: References
The C Programming Language, Second Edition
by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.
@@ -453,4 +481,4 @@ Kernel CodingStyle, by greg@kroah.com at OLS 2002:
-Last updated on 16 February 2004 by a community effort on LKML.
+Last updated on 30 December 2005 by a community effort on LKML.