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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.21-rc4-mm1 4/4] sys_futex64 : allows 64bit futexes
On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 10:54:36AM +0100, wrote:
> This last patch is an adaptation of the sys_futex64 syscall provided in -rt
> patch (originally written by Ingo Molnar). It allows the use of 64-bit futex.
> I have re-worked most of the code to avoid the duplication of the code.
> It does not provide the functionality for all architectures (only for x64 for now).

I don't think you should blindly add all operations to sys_futex64 without
thinking what they really do.
E.g. FUTEX_{{,UN,TRY}LOCK,CMP_REQUEUE}_PI doesn't really make any sense for 64-bit
futexes, the format of PI futexes is hardcoded in the kernel and is always
exit_robust_list/handle_futex_death will handle 32-bit PI futexes anyway.
Similarly, sys_futex64 shouldn't support the obsolete operations that
are there solely for compatibility (e.g. FUTEX_REQUEUE or FUTEX_FD).

When you just -ENOSYS on the PI ops, there is no need to implement

FUTEX_WAKE_OP is questionable for 64-bit, IMHO it is better to just
-ENOSYS on it and only if anyone ever finds actual uses for it, add it.

For 64-bit futexes the only needed operations are actually
FUTEX_WAIT and perhaps FUTEX_CMP_REQUEUE, so I wonder if it isn't
better to just add FUTEX_WAIT64 and FUTEX_CMP_REQUEUE64 ops to sys_futex
instead of adding a new syscall.

But the FUTEX_{{,UN,TRY}LOCK,CMP_REQUEUE}_PI removal for 64-bit futexes
is IMHO the most important part of my complain.

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