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SubjectRe: [PATCH 04/15] ps3vram: Replace mutex by spinlock + list
On Fri, 8 May 2009, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 8 May 2009 16:01:13 +0200
> Geert Uytterhoeven <Geert.Uytterhoeven@sonycom.com> wrote:
>
> > +static int ps3vram_make_request(struct request_queue *q, struct bio *bio)
> > +{
> > + struct ps3_system_bus_device *dev = q->queuedata;
> > + struct ps3vram_priv *priv = dev->core.driver_data;
> > +
> > + dev_dbg(&dev->core, "%s\n", __func__);
> > +
> > + spin_lock_irq(&priv->lock);
> > + if (priv->tail) {
> > + priv->tail->bi_next = bio;
> > + priv->tail = bio;
> > + spin_unlock_irq(&priv->lock);
> > + return 0;
^^^^^^^^
> > + }
> > +
> > + priv->tail = bio;
> > + spin_unlock_irq(&priv->lock);
> > +
> > + do {
> > + bio = ps3vram_do_bio(dev, bio);
> > + } while (bio);

> Is there something which prevents two threads of control from walking
> the same list at the same time?

Sure: only the thread who adds the first request to the empty list will walk
the list later.

With kind regards,

Geert Uytterhoeven
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