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SubjectRe: x86 rwsem: up_read() does not check active count in fast path
On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 5:41 AM, David Howells <> wrote:
> Michel Lespinasse <> wrote:
>> Looking at the x86 rwsem code, I have been wondering about the up_read()
>> path.  __rwsem_do_wake() comment mentions that one should check the active
>> count on the way there; however I could not find that check when coming from
>> up_read().
> Look in call_rwsem_wake(), which is implemented in assembly in two places in
> the x86 arch:
>        arch/x86/lib/rwsem_64.S
>        arch/x86/lib/semaphore_32.S

Gah thanks, I had totally missed that part (I knew about these files
but I had taken these as pure ABI wrappers; I did not notice the one
nugget of interesting logic hiding in there).

BTW, what's the reason for doing this check in call_rwsem_wake ? The
check is entirely redundant in the __up_write() case; and in
__up_read() things might be less confusing if edx was used locally
rather than in a separate function.

Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
A program is never fully debugged until the last user dies.
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