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SubjectRe: [PATCH] oprofile per-cpu buffer overrun

John Levon wrote:

>On Sun, Jan 25, 2004 at 08:07:01PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
>>When implementing a circular buffer it is better to not constrain the head
>>and tail indices - just let them grow and wrap without bound. You only need
>>to bring them in-bounds when you actually use them to index the buffer.
>I'm not sure why that's better.
>>- head-tail is always the amount of used space, no need to futz around
>> handling the case where one has wrapped and the other hasn't.
>I admit I have a hangover, but it seems to me it would actually be more
>complicated to make damn sure that the integer overflow case is
>definitely handled properly.

You needn't worry about integer overflow - it is handled properly ;)

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