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Subject[PATCHv4 2/5] x86/bitops: note on __test_and_clear_bit atomicity
__test_and_clear_bit is actually atomic with respect
to the local CPU. Add a note saying that KVM on x86
relies on this behaviour so people don't accidentaly break it.
Also warn not to rely on this in portable code.

Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <>
arch/x86/include/asm/bitops.h | 7 +++++++
1 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/bitops.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/bitops.h
index c9c70ea..86f3a1e 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/bitops.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/bitops.h
@@ -264,6 +264,13 @@ static inline int test_and_clear_bit(int nr, volatile unsigned long *addr)
* This operation is non-atomic and can be reordered.
* If two examples of this operation race, one can appear to succeed
* but actually fail. You must protect multiple accesses with a lock.
+ *
+ * Note: the operation is performed atomically with respect to
+ * the local CPU, but not other CPUs. Portable code should not
+ * rely on this behaviour.
+ * KVM relies on this behaviour on x86 for modifying memory that is also
+ * accessed from a hypervisor on the same CPU if running in a VM: don't change
+ * this without also updating arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c
static inline int __test_and_clear_bit(int nr, volatile unsigned long *addr)

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