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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] ring-buffer: add ring_buffer_discard_commit
On Thu, 02 Apr 2009 01:27:24 -0400 Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:

> From: Steven Rostedt <srostedt@redhat.com>
>
> The ring_buffer_discard_commit is similar to ring_buffer_event_discard
> but it can only be done on an event that has yet to be commited.
> Unpredictable results can happen otherwise.
>
> The main difference between ring_buffer_discard_commit and
> ring_buffer_event_discard is that ring_buffer_discard_commit will try
> to free the data in the ring buffer if nothing has addded data
> after the reserved event. If something did, then it acts almost the
> same as ring_buffer_event_discard followed by a
> ring_buffer_unlock_commit.
>
> Note, either ring_buffer_commit_discard and ring_buffer_unlock_commit
> can be called on an event, not both.
>
> This commit also exports both discard functions to be usable by
> GPL modules.
>
> ...
>
> +/*
> + * ring_buffer_event_discard can discard any event in the ring buffer.
> + * it is up to the caller to protect against a reader from
> + * consuming it or a writer from wrapping and replacing it.
> + *
> + * No external protection is needed if this is called before
> + * the event is commited. But in that case it would be better to
> + * use ring_buffer_discard_commit.
> + *
> + * Note, if an event that has not been committed is discarded
> + * with ring_buffer_event_discard, it must still be committed.
> + */
> void ring_buffer_event_discard(struct ring_buffer_event *event);
>
> ...
>
> /**
> + * ring_buffer_event_discard - discard any event in the ring buffer
> + * @event: the event to discard
> + *
> + * Sometimes a event that is in the ring buffer needs to be ignored.
> + * This function lets the user discard an event in the ring buffer
> + * and then that event will not be read later.
> + *
> + * Note, it is up to the user to be careful with this, and protect
> + * against races. If the user discards an event that has been consumed
> + * it is possible that it could corrupt the ring buffer.
> + */
> +void ring_buffer_event_discard(struct ring_buffer_event *event)
> +{
> + event->type = RINGBUF_TYPE_PADDING;
> + /* time delta must be non zero */
> + if (!event->time_delta)
> + event->time_delta = 1;
> +}
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(ring_buffer_event_discard);

Seems a bit cumbersome to document the interface partly in the .h file
and partly in the .c file?

Doing all of it in the .c file would be typical.


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