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SubjectRe: [PATCH] make atomic_t volatile on all architectures


On Wed, 8 Aug 2007, Chris Snook wrote:
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> Some architectures currently do not declare the contents of an atomic_t to be
> volatile. This causes confusion since atomic_read() might not actually read
> anything if an optimizing compiler re-uses a value stored in a register, which
> can break code that loops until something external changes the value of an
> atomic_t.

I'd be *much* happier with "atomic_read()" doing the "volatile" instead.

The fact is, volatile on data structures is a bug. It's a wart in the C
language. It shouldn't be used.

Volatile accesses in *code* can be ok, and if we have "atomic_read()"
expand to a "*(volatile int *)&(x)->value", then I'd be ok with that.
But marking data structures volatile just makes the compiler screw up
totally, and makes code for initialization sequences etc much worse.

Linus
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