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SubjectRe: [PATCH] local_t : Documentation
On Mon, 8 Jan 2007 22:14:46 -0500
Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@polymtl.ca> wrote:

> +* How to use local atomic operations
> +
> +#include <linux/percpu.h>
> +#include <asm/local.h>
> +
> +static DEFINE_PER_CPU(local_t, counters) = LOCAL_INIT(0);
> +
> +
> +* Counting
> +
> +In preemptible context, use get_cpu_var() and put_cpu_var() around local atomic
> +operations : it makes sure that preemption is disabled around write access to
> +the per cpu variable. For instance :
> +
> + local_inc(&get_cpu_var(counters));
> + put_cpu_var(counters);

Confused. The whole point behind local_t is that we can do
atomic-wrt-interrupts inc and dec on them.

Consequently, as atomic-wrt-interrupts means atomic-wrt-preemption, there
is no need to do a preempt_disable() around local_inc() and local_dec().

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