lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2019]   [Feb]   [13]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
Date
From
SubjectRe: [PATCH] Documentation/atomic_t: Clarify signed vs unsigned

* Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:

>
> Clarify the whole signed vs unsigned issue for atomic_t.
>
> There has been enough confusion on this topic to warrant a few explicit
> words I feel.
>
> Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@infradead.org>
> ---
> Documentation/atomic_t.txt | 17 +++++++++++++++++
> 1 file changed, 17 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/atomic_t.txt b/Documentation/atomic_t.txt
> index 913396ac5824..dca3fb0554db 100644
> --- a/Documentation/atomic_t.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/atomic_t.txt
> @@ -56,6 +56,23 @@ The 'full' API consists of (atomic64_ and atomic_long_ prefixes omitted for
> smp_mb__{before,after}_atomic()
>
>
> +TYPES (signed vs unsigned)

s/vs/vs.

> +-----
> +
> +While atomic_t, atomic_long_t and atomic64_t use int, long and s64
> +respectively (for hysterical raisins), the kernel uses -fno-strict-overflow
> +(which implies -fwrapv) and defines signed overflow to behave like
> +2s-complement.
> +
> +Therefore, an explicitly unsigned variant of the atomic ops is strictly
> +unnecessary and we can simply cast, there is no UB.

s/UB/Undefined Behavior

Had to read that twice. Acronyms Seriously Suck.

> +
> +There was a bug in UBSAN prior to GCC-8 that would generate UB warnings for
> +signed types.
> +
> +With this we also conform to the C/C++ _Atomic behaviour and things like
> +P1236R1.

Acked-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>

Thanks,

Ingo

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2019-02-13 08:55    [W:0.069 / U:5.104 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site