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SubjectRe: free_pages_check
Nick Piggin wrote:
> On Tuesday 08 January 2008 13:43, Yinghai Lu wrote:
>> wonder why free_pages_check mm/page_alloc.c is using bit OR than logical OR
>>
>> @@ -450,9 +450,9 @@ static inline void __free_one_page(struc
>>
>> static inline int free_pages_check(struct page *page)
>> {
>> - if (unlikely(page_mapcount(page) |
>> - (page->mapping != NULL) |
>> - (page_count(page) != 0) |
>> + if (unlikely(page_mapcount(page) ||
>> + (page->mapping != NULL) ||
>> + (page_count(page) != 0) ||
>> (page->flags & (
>> 1 << PG_lru |
>> 1 << PG_private |
>
> Because the positive case is extremely rare, so there is no benefit (nor
> any correctness requirement) for short-circuit evaluation, and we don't
> want to have all the branches that it involves. I think it is 3 more
> conditional jumps.

Depends on how smart the compiler is. If the page_() functions are
inlines or macros, there is only one pointer reference involved and it
should be able to do that transformation. Whether or not gcc is that
smart is another matter.

-hpa



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