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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/7] ppc: remove cli()/sti() from arch/ppc/*
    On Tue, Jan 04, 2005 at 09:44:06PM -0500, Jim Nelson wrote:
    > Brian Gerst wrote:
    > >James Nelson wrote:
    > >
    > >>This series of patches is to remove the last cli()/sti() function
    > >>calls in arch/ppc.
    > >>
    > >>These are the only instances in active code that grep could find.
    > >
    > >
    > >Are you sure none of these need real spinlocks instead of just
    > >disabling interrupts?
    > >
    > >--
    > > Brian Gerst
    > >
    > These are for single-processor systems, mostly evaluation boards and
    > embedded processors. I coudn't find any reference to multiprocessor
    > setups for the processors in question after a peruse of the code or a
    > quick google on the boards in question.

    think CONFIG_PREEMPT. In either case a spinlock becomes
    lock_irq_disable in the !SMP, !PREEMPT case but it documents the
    intention a whole lot better.

    Also you're locking only in a single plpace which is a ***BIG*** warning
    sign. At least look at the other users of the data structure, it's
    extremly likely they'll need locking aswell.

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