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Re: [Xen-devel] [v3,11/41] mips: reuse asm-generic/barrier.h

On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 12:10 PM, Paul E. McKenney
<paulmck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:44:46AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> >         struct foo *x = READ_ONCE(*ptr);
>> >         smp_read_barrier_depends();
>> >         x->bar = 5;
>> This case is complete BS. Stop perpetuating it. I already removed a
>> number of bogus cases of it, and I removed the incorrect documentation
>> that had this crap.
> If I understand your objection correctly, you want the above pattern
> expressed either like this:
>         struct foo *x = rcu_dereference(*ptr);
>         x->bar = 5;
> Or like this:
>         struct foo *x = lockless_dereference(*ptr);
>         x->bar = 5;
> Or am I missing your point?

You are entirely missing the point.

You might as well just write it as

    struct foo x = READ_ONCE(*ptr);
    x->bar = 5;

because that "smp_read_barrier_depends()" does NOTHING wrt the second write.

So what I am saying is simple: anybody who writes that
"smp_read_barrier_depends()" in there is just ttoally and completely
WRONG, and the fact that Peter wrote it out after I removed several
instances of that bloody f*cking idiocy is disturbing.

Don't do it. It's BS. It's wrong. Don't make excuses for it.


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