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SubjectRe: [RFC local_t removal V1 0/4] Remove local_t
* Christoph Lameter (cl@linux-foundation.org) wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Jan 2010, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
>
> > Yes, removing the local_t type could make sense. However, local_t maps
> > to a volatile long, not just "long". Secondly, I am concerned about the
> > fact that the patch you propose:
>
> Volatile is discouraged as far as I can tell.

If you want to ensure that a simple variable assignment or read
(local_set, local_read) are not performed piecewise by the compiler
which can cause odd effects when shared with interrupt handlers, this
will however be necessary.


>
> > - does not create the primitives I use in lttng
> > - only deals with x8
>
> As I said its an RFC. This provides all the functionality you need
> through. The rest is sugar coating.

OK

>
> > In lttng (which is out of tree, but widely used), I need the equivalent
> > of:
> >
> > local_read
> > local_set
> > local_add
> > local_cmpxchg
> > local_add_return
> > local_inc
>
> Please read the patch! This is all provided. add_local_return in the RFC
> provides what is needed to replace local_add, local_inc. We can add these
> explicitly.
>
> local_cmpxchg replacement is already in there in the form of
> cmpxchg_local().
>
> > The approach of just doing the x86 implementation and leaving all the
> > other architectures "for later" with a slow/non atomic generic fallback
> > is, imho, a no-go, given that some people (myself, actually) already
> > took the time to go through all the kernel architectures to create the
> > optimized local.h headers. Basically, you are destroying all that work,
> > asking for it to be done all over again.
>
> AS I said this is an RFC. I can easily generate all these things from the
> existing local.hs for the architectures.
>
> > I therefore argue that we should keep local.h as-is as long as the
> > replacement lacks the wide architecture support and primitive variety
> > found in local.h.
>
> Cool down and please review the patch.

OK :)

Mathieu
>
>

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