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

From: Jody McIntyre
Date: Fri Mar 11 2005 - 12:09:04 EST

On Fri, Mar 11, 2005 at 12:27:47PM +0000, Matthew Wilcox wrote:

> > 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.

Agreed, but I don't mind adding a separate counter. However...

> 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'?

I'm working on a patch to do just that. It fails when building XFS:

fs/xfs/xfs_inode_item.c: In function `xfs_inode_item_pushbuf':
fs/xfs/xfs_inode_item.c:803: error: structure has no member named `count'
fs/xfs/xfs_inode_item.c:825: error: structure has no member named `count'

#define valusema(sp) (atomic_read(&(sp)->count))

It seems getting the value of a semaphore is more common than it appears
at first glance. I don't see how this code could possibly work on
parisc. Therefore I propose:

1. Adding sem_getcount() everywhere, as in my original patch.
2. Renaming count to count_$ARCH as willy suggested.
3. Anyone who abuses semaphores will now break. Fix them to use

I'll work on that over the weekend unless anyone has any better ideas.


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