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    SubjectRe: [PATCHv5 04/16] VFS: add memory barrier to sb_mark_clean and sb_mark_dirty
    On Sun, 2010-06-06 at 17:50 +0300, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
    > From: Artem Bityutskiy <>
    > The proper way for file-systems to synchronize the superblock
    > should be as follows:
    > 1. when modifying the SB, first modify it, then mark it as dirty;
    > 2. when synchronizing the SB, first mark as clean, then start
    > synchronizing.
    > And to make ensure the order, we need memory barriers in 'sb_mark_clean()'
    > and 'sb_mark_dirty()'.

    I believe this stuff is a separate story, and should be handled
    separately. I'll keep this separately from the 'sync_supers()' wakes up

    I actually now cannot prove myself whether these smp_mb()'s I added in
    this patch make sense or not, and whether the races in FSes I was trying
    to address can be addressed without spinlocks. Really dunno - but I will
    keep trying to get better understanding. Reading
    Documentation/memory-barriers.txt and some McKenny's docs only did not
    help so far :-)

    Best Regards,
    Artem Bityutskiy (Артём Битюцкий)

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