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SubjectRe: [PATCH][5/8] Arch agnostic completely out of line locks / ppc64

On Thu, 9 Sep 2004, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> and the fact is, this is all much better just done in the arch-specific
> spinlock code.

This is especially true since some architectures may have high overheads
for this, so you may do normal spinning for a while before you even start
doing the "fancy" stuff. So there is no ay we should expose this as a
"generic" interface. It ain't generic. It's very much a low-level
implementation detail of "spin_lock()".

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