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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Replace completions with semaphores
On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:53:30PM -0700, Roland Dreier wrote:
> Just make sure you don't forget the history of completions... As
> Linus said long ago (http://lwn.net/2001/0802/a/lt-completions.php3):
>
> In case anybody cares, the race was that Linux semaphores only protect the
> accesses _inside_ the semaphore, while the accesses by the semaphores
> themselves can "race" in the internal implementation. That helps make an
> efficient implementation, but it means that the race was:

Yes, that text appears in the URL I provided in the mail that started
this thread ;-)

The semaphore rewrite I did does not have this problem (it's less
efficient than the hand-optimised assembler, but much more maintainable).
You're supposed to be using mutexes if you want efficiency anyway.

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"Bill, look, we understand that you're interested in selling us this
operating system, but compare it to ours. We can't possibly take such
a retrograde step."


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