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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/14] locking/atomic: import atomic_dec_not_zero()
On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 09:55:08PM +0100, Fabian Frederick wrote:
> Once again it's just about readability:

I feel APIs should be about common use-cases, not about sporadic weird cases.

> "add -1 unless value is zero" looks more complex in code than "dec not zero"
> but maybe it's just a matter of taste :) It it's not the case why would there be
> more sense about having
> atomic_inc_not_zero() globally ?

inc_not_zero() has a very strong use-case, its for lockless refcount
increment. Incrementing a 0 reference count is bad because the object
will be freed and you'll have a use-after-free.

Arguably, once we move reference counting over to its own type, it would
make sense to remove it from atomic, specifically to discourage that use
case.

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