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SubjectRe: [PATCH] WorkStruct: Implement generic UP cmpxchg() where an arch doesn't support it
On Wed, 6 Dec 2006, Matthew Wilcox wrote:

> It's just been pointed out to me that the parisc one isn't safe.
> <dhowells> imagine variable X is set to 3
> <dhowells> CPU A issues cmpxchg(&X, 3, 5)
> <dhowells> you'd expect that to change X to 5
> <dhowells> but what if CPU B assigns 6 to X between cmpxchg reading X
> and it setting X?

The same could happen with a regular cmpxchg. Cmpxchg changes it to 5 and
then other cpu performs a store before the next instruction.

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