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SubjectRe: [PATCH] futex: avoid race between requeue and wake
On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 10:33:55AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Hmm. And let's think about that powerpc race, where "spin_is_locked()"
> can be false when somebody is waiting to get the lock..

Right; so in the original discussion I never really got to why that is a
problem. A pending waiter cannot modify the wait list, so either we see
the current holder, or we see a stable list.

So I had to hop on a plane while that discussion was happening and while
I did briefly task to Davidlohr in Napa his explanation didn't stick in
my jet-leg addled brain.

Afterwards the discussion got lost in the pile of unread mail.

I'll go re-read that discussion and look up this thread to see if
things will start to make sense.


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