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    SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] mdb: Merkey's Linux Kernel Debugger 2.6.27-rc4 released
    Peter Zijlstra wrote:
    > On Wed, 2008-08-20 at 20:50 -0600, wrote:
    >> volatiles left in the code due to the previously stated
    >> (and still present) severe breakage of the GNU compiler with SMP
    >> shared data. most of the barrier() functions are just plain broken
    >> and do not result in proper compiler behavior in this tree.
    > Can you provide explicit detail?
    > By using barrier() the compiler should clobber all its memory and
    > registers therefore forcing a write/reload of the variable.

    I hope Jeff didn't try mere barrier()s only. smp_wmb() and smp_rmb()
    are the more relevant barrier variants for mdb, from what I remember
    when I last looked at it.
    Stefan Richter
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