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Subject[RFC PATCH 10/11] drivers/misc/vmw_vmci: convert num guest devices counter to counter_atomic
counter_atomic is introduced to be used when a variable is used as
a simple counter and doesn't guard object lifetimes. This clearly
differentiates atomic_t usages that guard object lifetimes.

counter_atomic variables will wrap around to 0 when it overflows and
should not be used to guard resource lifetimes, device usage and
open counts that control state changes, and pm states.

atomic_t variable used to count number of vmci guest devices is used
as just as counter and it doesn't control object lifetimes or state
management. Overflow doesn't appear to be problem for this use.

Convert it to use counter_atomic.

This conversion doesn't change the oveflow wrap around behavior.

Signed-off-by: Shuah Khan <>
drivers/misc/vmw_vmci/vmci_guest.c | 9 +++++----
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/misc/vmw_vmci/vmci_guest.c b/drivers/misc/vmw_vmci/vmci_guest.c
index cc8eeb361fcd..2c21448af730 100644
--- a/drivers/misc/vmw_vmci/vmci_guest.c
+++ b/drivers/misc/vmw_vmci/vmci_guest.c
@@ -20,6 +20,7 @@
#include <linux/smp.h>
#include <linux/io.h>
#include <linux/vmalloc.h>
+#include <linux/counters.h>

#include "vmci_datagram.h"
#include "vmci_doorbell.h"
@@ -68,11 +69,11 @@ struct pci_dev *vmci_pdev;
static struct vmci_guest_device *vmci_dev_g;
static DEFINE_SPINLOCK(vmci_dev_spinlock);

-static atomic_t vmci_num_guest_devices = ATOMIC_INIT(0);
+static struct counter_atomic vmci_num_guest_devices = COUNTER_ATOMIC_INIT(0);

bool vmci_guest_code_active(void)
- return atomic_read(&vmci_num_guest_devices) != 0;
+ return counter_atomic_read(&vmci_num_guest_devices) != 0;

u32 vmci_get_vm_context_id(void)
@@ -624,7 +625,7 @@ static int vmci_guest_probe_device(struct pci_dev *pdev,

dev_dbg(&pdev->dev, "Registered device\n");

- atomic_inc(&vmci_num_guest_devices);
+ counter_atomic_inc(&vmci_num_guest_devices);

/* Enable specific interrupt bits. */
@@ -684,7 +685,7 @@ static void vmci_guest_remove_device(struct pci_dev *pdev)

dev_dbg(&pdev->dev, "Removing device\n");

- atomic_dec(&vmci_num_guest_devices);
+ counter_atomic_dec(&vmci_num_guest_devices);


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