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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5] ppc RT: Realtime preempt support for PPC
Frank Rowand wrote:
> Ingo Molnar wrote:
>> hi Frank - sorry about the late reply, was busy with other things. Your
> My turn to be late, but now I'm back from vacation :-).
>> ppc patches look mostly mergeable, with some small details still open:
>> * Frank Rowand <> wrote:
>>> The patches are:
>>> 1/5 ppc_rt.patch - the core realtime functionality for PPC
>> what is the rationale behind the rt_lock.h changes? The #ifdef
>> CONFIG_PPC32 changes in generic code are not really acceptable, the -RT
>> tree tries to keep a single spinlock definition and debugging
>> primitives, across all architectures.

< stuff deleted >

> The second "#ifdef CONFIG_PPC32" is in raw_rwlock_t, making the lock
> field signed instead of unsigned. The PPC code uses the value of
> -1 to mean write locked, 0 to mean unlocked, and >0 to mean read
> locked. With one minor exception, all of the PPC raw_rwlock_t related
> code will work properly with an unsigned type because the code that
> checks the value of lock is assembly and treats lock as signed. The
> one non-assembly code that examines lock as a signed object is in
> arch/ppc/lib/locks.c and is disabled unless CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK is
> defined. If CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK is ever enabled this will be
> very evident as each call to __raw_write_unlock() will result in a
> printk() warning. The strongest reason I could advance for making
> lock signed for PPC32 is that any future C code that checks for a
> lock value less than zero will not function correctly and might not
> be very obvious.
> Thus it is also OK that you left this chunk out of your patch.

< more stuff deleted >

I'm working on the architecture support for realtime on PPC64 now.
If the lock field of struct raw_rwlock_t is a long instead of int
then /proc/meminfo shows MemFree decreasing from 485608 kB to 485352 kB.

Do you have a preference for lock to be long instead of int?

Do you know if any of the other 64 bit architectures would have an
issue with int?

Frank Rowand <>
MontaVista Software, Inc

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