sysctl: Replace root_list with links between sysctl_table_sets.

Piecing together directories by looking first in one directory
tree, than in another directory tree and finally in a third
directory tree makes it hard to verify that some directory
entries are not multiply defined and makes it hard to create
efficient implementations the sysctl filesystem.

Replace the sysctl wide list of roots with autogenerated
links from the core sysctl directory tree to the other
sysctl directory trees.

This simplifies sysctl directory reading and lookups as now
only entries in a single sysctl directory tree need to be

Benchmark before:
    make-dummies 0 999 -> 0.44s
    rmmod dummy        -> 0.065s
    make-dummies 0 9999 -> 1m36s
    rmmod dummy         -> 0.4s

Benchmark after:
    make-dummies 0 999 -> 0.63s
    rmmod dummy        -> 0.12s
    make-dummies 0 9999 -> 2m35s
    rmmod dummy         -> 18s

The slowdown is caused by the lookups used in insert_headers
and put_links to see if we need to add links or remove links.

Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <>
2 files changed