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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/24] make atomic_read() behave consistently across all architectures
    > In a reasonable world, gcc should just make that be (on x86)
    > addl $1,i(%rip)
    > on x86-64, which is indeed what it does without the volatile. But with
    > the
    > volatile, the compiler gets really nervous, and doesn't dare do it in
    > one
    > instruction, and thus generates crap like
    > movl i(%rip), %eax
    > addl $1, %eax
    > movl %eax, i(%rip)
    > instead. For no good reason, except that "volatile" just doesn't have
    > any
    > good/clear semantics for the compiler, so most compilers will just
    > make it
    > be "I will not touch this access in any way, shape, or form". Including
    > even trivially correct instruction optimization/combination.

    It's just a (target-specific, perhaps) missed-optimisation kind
    of bug in GCC. Care to file a bug report?

    > but is
    > (again) something that gcc doesn't dare do, since "i" is volatile.

    Just nobody taught it it can do this; perhaps no one wanted to
    add optimisations like that, maybe with a reasoning like "people
    who hit the go-slow-in-unspecified-ways button should get what
    they deserve" ;-)


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