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SubjectRe: [PATCH] removes filp_count_lock and changes nr_files type to atomic_t
> > 
> > this patch adds atomic ops where there were none before
> nope... a spinlock/spinunlock contains atomic ops.

unlock usually doesn't but ok

> > for those architectures that need atomics for read (parisc? arm?)
> not today. No atomic needed for read.
> >
> > however.. wouldn't it be better to make this a per cpu variable for
> > write, and for read iterate or do something smart otherwise?
> So on a machine with 256 CPUS, you want to iterate 256 counters ?

you can be smart about this, similar to what ext3 and others do for
similar counters

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