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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] NMI handler message passing / work deferral API
    On Monday 21 March 2005 11:07 am, Andi Kleen wrote:
    > > Yes exactly. That's one reason why I posted the patch. Different
    > > sybsystems that need this type of functionality shouldn't have to
    > > individually reinvent the wheel. With a single implementation, code
    > > is more compact and easier to understand and maintain. I would argue
    > More compact? Sorry, but even all existing implementations together
    > are still far less code than your really complicated subsystem which
    > seems quite overengineered for this simple task for me.
    > Also lockless programming is tricky and I would feel quite uneasy
    > about auditing so much code.
    > > that code maintenance is of particular concern to code such as NMI
    > > and machine check handlers because bugs in this type of code can be
    > > hard to track down.
    > Yeah, that is why we use simple, not complex, code in there.

    It's really not that much code. When you strip out most of the comments
    (including the big 65-line copyright blurb required by my employer), the
    entire implementation is less than 300 lines of code. A large part of
    the patch is just comments (which in this case I think should be there
    because as you say, lockless programming is tricky).

    I do think there should be some sort of API that provides the same type
    of functionality as my patch. It's much better than having lots of
    replicated code. However I am not very attached to my particular
    implementation. If you or someone else wants to post a patch that is
    simpler yet provides similar functionality, I think that would be great.
    Perhaps some code could be borrowed from oprofile or the machine check
    handling code or somewhere else.

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