Re: [RFC][PATCH] spinlock: Kill spin_unlock_wait()

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Wed Jan 05 2011 - 14:50:38 EST

On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM, Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> There appear to be only two callsites of said horror, one in the exit
> path and one in ata-eh, neither appear to be performance critical so I
> replaced them with a simple lock-unlock sequence.

Again, WHY?

What's the problem with the current code? Instead of generating ugly
patches to change it, and instead of removing it, just say what the

Stop this wanking already. The exit path is certainly not unimportant.

And if you want to change the thing to be more efficient, I'm ok with
that, as long as it's done PRETTILY instead of making the damn thing
an unreadable mess.

The current "spin_unlock_wait()" is obvious. I'm perfectly happy
improving on it, but I would want to retain the "obvious" part, which
your previous patch certainly didn't do.

Some simple helper functions to extract the tail/head part of the
ticket lock to make the comparisons understandable, together with
always accessing the lock with the proper ACCESS_ONCE() would have
made your previous patch acceptable. But you ignored that feedback,
and instead you now want to do a "let's just remove it entirely patch"
that is even worse.

And in NEITHER version did you actually give any actual *REASON* for
the change in the first place.

Why? WHY?

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