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SubjectRe: [Lse-tech] Re: RFC: patch to allow lock-free traversal of lists with insertion
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In article <Pine.LNX.4.33.0110131015410.8707-100000@penguin.transmeta.com>,
Linus Torvalds <torvalds@transmeta.com> writes:

> - nobody has shown a case where existing normal locking ends up being
> really a huge problem, and where RCU clearly helps.

The poster child of such a case is module unloading. Keeping reference
counts for every even non sleeping use of a module is very painful.
The current "fix" -- putting module count increases in all possible module
callers to fix the unload races is slow and ugly and far too subtle to
get everything right. Waiting quiescent periods before unloading is a nice
alternative.

-Andi
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