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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 9/9] netfilter: Replace smp_read_barrier_depends() with lockless_dereference()
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On Fri, 2014-11-21 at 10:06 -0500, Pranith Kumar wrote:
> Recently lockless_dereference() was added which can be used in place of
> hard-coding smp_read_barrier_depends(). The following PATCH makes the change.
>
> Signed-off-by: Pranith Kumar <bobby.prani@gmail.com>
> ---
> net/ipv4/netfilter/arp_tables.c | 3 +--
> net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_tables.c | 3 +--
> net/ipv6/netfilter/ip6_tables.c | 3 +--
> 3 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/net/ipv4/netfilter/arp_tables.c b/net/ipv4/netfilter/arp_tables.c
> index f95b6f9..fc7533d 100644
> --- a/net/ipv4/netfilter/arp_tables.c
> +++ b/net/ipv4/netfilter/arp_tables.c
> @@ -270,12 +270,11 @@ unsigned int arpt_do_table(struct sk_buff *skb,
>
> local_bh_disable();
> addend = xt_write_recseq_begin();
> - private = table->private;
> /*
> * Ensure we load private-> members after we've fetched the base
> * pointer.
> */
> - smp_read_barrier_depends();
> + private = lockless_dereference(table->private);
> table_base = private->entries[smp_processor_id()];
>


Please carefully read the code, before and after your change, then
you'll see this change broke the code.

Problem is that a bug like that can be really hard to diagnose and fix
later, so really you have to be very careful doing these mechanical
changes.

IMO, current code+comment is better than with this
lockless_dereference() which in this particular case obfuscates the
code. more than anything.

In this case we do have a lock (sort of), so lockless_dereference() is
quite misleading.




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