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SubjectRe: [patch 1/1] schedule removal of FUTEX_FD
On Tue, 2006-10-31 at 15:09 -0800, wrote:
> From: Andrew Morton <>
> Apparently FUTEX_FD is unfixably racy and nothing uses it (or if it does, it
> shouldn't).
> Add a warning printk, give any remaining users six months to migrate off it.

This makes sense. FUTEX_FD was for the NGPT project which did userspace
threading, and hence couldn't block. It was always kind of a hack
(although unfixably racy isn't quite right, it depends on usage).

However, the existence of FUTEX_FD is what made Ingo complain that we
couldn't simply pin the futex page in memory, because now a process
could pin one page per fd. Removing it would seem to indicate that we
can return to a much simpler scheme of (1) pinning a page when someone
does futex_wait, and (2) simply comparing futexes by physical address.

Now, I realize with some dismay that simplicity is no longer a futex
feature, but it might be worth considering?

PS. I used to have a patch for "ratelim_printk()" which hashed on the
format string to reduce the chance that one message limit would clobber
other messages. I'll dig it out...

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