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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] mdb-2.6.27-rc2-ia32-08-07-08.patch wrote:
>> wrote:
>>> rspin locks are for these types of cases -- so if I fault on the same
>>> processor I took the lock on it just bumps a counter -- yes, it is
>>> atomic
>>> and SMP safe to do it this way.
>> Only if all contexts which take rlocks are not preemptible.
> check mdb-main.c -- I disable preemption before rspin_lock is attempted.
> Since the only processor which sets the proc number does do inside the
> spin lock, and the other processors only read it, unless memory is
> corrupted or the machine is severely broken, its SMP safe to this.

Then it is recommendable that you document the call context requirements
at the functions. And you can and IMO should drop the _irq_save and
_irq_restore from the spinlock accessors in the rlock accessors. And
drop the volatile qualifier of the rlock accessor argument while you are
at it.

I see that you are calling save_flags/ restore_flags in
mdb-main.c::mdb(). These are marked as deprecated. Would
local_irq_save/ local_irq_restore be correct at these places?
Stefan Richter
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