Re: [patch 2/8] Implement always-locked bit ops, for memory sharedwith an SMP hypervisor.

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Thu Aug 03 2006 - 00:25:52 EST

On Thu, 3 Aug 2006, Andi Kleen wrote:

> > Thats a good goal but what about the rest of us who have to maintain
> > additional forms of bit operations for all architectures. How much is this
> > burden?
> I don't think it's that big an issue because most architectures either
> use always locked bitops already or don't need them because they don't do
> SMP.

Those architectures that always use locked bitops or dont need them would
not need to be modified if we put this in a special fail. I think this is
a i386 speciality here?

Those operations are only needed for special xen driver and not for
regular kernel code!

> So it will be fine with just a asm-generic header that defines them
> to the normal bitops. Not much burden.

asm-generic/xen-bitops.h asm-i386/xen-bitops.h is even less of a burden
and would only require a

#include <asm/xen-bitops.h>

for those special xen drivers.

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