Re: [PATCHv2 1/3] eventfd: allow atomic read and waitqueue remove

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Date: Thu Jan 21 2010 - 13:06:04 EST

On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 07:57:22PM +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 01/21/2010 07:56 PM, Avi Kivity wrote:
>> On 01/21/2010 07:45 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>>>> But you're in process context. An eventfd never blocks.
>>> Yes it blocks if counter is 0. And we don't know
>>> it's not 0 unless we read :) catch-22.
>> Ah yes, I forgot.
> Well, you can poll it and then read it... this introduces a new race (if
> userspace does a read in parallel) but it's limited to kvm and buggy
> userspace.

I would rather not require that userspace never reads this fd.
You are right that it does not now, but adding this as requirement
looks like exporting an implementation bug to userspace.

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