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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] pid: Implement task references.
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Greg KH <greg@kroah.com> writes:

> On Sun, Jan 29, 2006 at 12:22:34AM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> +struct task_ref
>> +{
>> + atomic_t count;
>
> Please use a struct kref here, instead of your own atomic_t, as that's
> why it is in the kernel :)
>
>> + enum pid_type type;
>> + struct task_struct *task;
>> +};
>
> thanks,

I would rather not. Whenever I look at struct kref it seems to be an over
abstraction, and as such I find it confusing to work with. I know
whenever I look at the sysfs code I have to actively remind myself
that the kref in the structure is not a pointer to a kref.

What does the kref abstraction buy? How does it simplify things?
We already have equivalent functions in atomic_t on which it is built.

It is a funny piece of code to come up in this thread where the
argument has been don't over abstract.... (with reference to pids).
If I can see where struct kref buys something or helps in some way
I will be willing to consider it.

Eric
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