Re: [PATCH, RFC 1/3] Add sem_getcount() to arches that lack it

From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Fri Mar 11 2005 - 07:30:21 EST

On Thu, Mar 10, 2005 at 09:56:52PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> That's a nice application of semaphores. I can see that there's also a
> need to be able to read the value back for reporting purposes. Dang.
> But I guess it's a bit hard to justify adding more infrastructure to
> support a single callsite which has a simple alternative. So if you could
> please add the separate counter?

It's pretty *small* infrastructure, and it gives me something to whine at
people about when they use atomic_read on something that isn't an atomic.

> > ...
> >
> > If this patch isn't accepted, we should get rid of the xfs and 1394
> > hacks and delete sem_getcount (parisc, frv) and sema_count (arm) as they
> > are unused.
> True.

If we are going to get rid of sem_getcount, could we rename the 'count'
variables, at least on i386 and ppc to make it clear that you're not
supposed to do this ... maybe to 'count_$ARCH'?

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