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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4][diskdump] x86-64 support
    On Tue, 2004-08-31 at 05:10, Takao Indoh wrote:
    > >As in the scsi code spin_is_locked checks are bogus and racy. Only
    > >a spin_trylock would be safe. hd can't be NULL.
    > Could you explain to me why spin_is_locked is not safe?

    Say you have a door with a lock, and someone on the other side. You
    look at the lock, see that it's unlocked, then open the door. You
    cannot guarantee that the door will open because the person on the other
    side could have locked it between the time you looked and turned the

    The only way to know for sure whether the door is locked is to turn the
    handle and see if it opens.


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