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    SubjectRe: [patch] Add i8253 spinlocks where needed.
    On Mon, 2002-05-27 at 11:10, Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
    > Well, probably yes, but still hd.c is a glacial relict, a driver nobody
    > (almost - it's for non-IDE "two ribbon" AT harddrives) uses. So this
    > driver is probably not enough justification for a global (as in all
    > archs) spinlock being added.

    It only uses the timer in the case that HD_DELAY > 0. This code is
    ultimately used for timing functions. A better approach would be to
    remove the use of the timer chip from the file entirely and use the
    perfectly adequate udelay() function instead.

    That would also conveniently make it do cpu_relax properly improving the
    performance of your ancient IDE controller when plugged into
    hyperthreading pentium IV 8)

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