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SubjectRe: [PATCH] I2C patch 2 - break up the SMBus formatting
On Fri, Feb 25, 2005 at 04:46:35PM -0600, Corey Minyard wrote:
> Greg KH wrote:
>
> >On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 05:27:25PM -0600, Corey Minyard wrote:
> >
> >
> >>+
> >>+ /* It's wierd, but we use a usecount to track if an q entry is
> >>+ in use and when it should be reported back to the user. */
> >>+ atomic_t usecount;
> >>
> >>
> >
> >Please use a kref here instead of rolling your own.
> >
> >
> There's a trick I'm playing to avoid having to use a lock on the normal
> entry_put() case. It let's the entry_get() routine detect that the
> object is about to be destroyed. You can't do it with the current kref,
> but you could easily extend kref to allow it.

No, kref is ment to have an external lock protect it from this kind of
race. That's documented.

> It's simple to implement, but the documentation on how to use it will
> be 10 times larger than the code :).
>
> I'll work on a patch to kref to add that, if you don't mind.

I'll always look at patches :)

thanks,

greg k-h
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