Re: [PATCH] force inlining of spinlock ops

From: Hagen Paul Pfeifer
Date: Tue May 12 2015 - 04:16:49 EST

* Andrew Morton | 2015-05-11 15:19:13 [-0700]:

>Presumably Hagen didn't see the issue with spinlock functions. I
>wonder why not.

I think it is a compiler version thing. Not sure why I didn't see it.

>I suppose we should get both these consolidated into a coherent whole.

+1 (let wait for a moment and delay patch inclusion)

>It's a bit irritating to have to do this: presumably gcc will get fixed
>and the huge sprinkling of __always_inline will become less and less
>relevant over time and people will have trouble distinguishing "real
>__always_inline which was put here for a purpose" from "dopey
>__always_inline to work around a short-term gcc glitch".
>__always_inline is one of those things where a usage site should always
>be commented, because it's near impossible to work out why someone
>chose to use it. Quick, tell me what's happening in include/linux/slab.h.
>Perhaps we should do
> * Comment goes here. It is very specific about gcc versions.
> */
>#define inline_for_broken_gcc __always_inline

yeah, but name it in a compiler independent way. Sometimes we may seen similar
misbehaving with clang too. But see my other comments

#define inline_for_broken_cc __always_inline

>and then use inline_for_broken_gcc everywhere. That way, the reason
>for the marker is self-explanatory and we can later hunt all these
>things down and remvoe them.
>Also, the inline_for_broken_gcc definition can be made dependent on
>particular gcc versions, which will allow us to easily keep an eye on
>the behaviour of later gcc versions.

Mhh, I am not a big fan of this. I think we maneuver into a unmaintainable
area with this approach. We must test, check this for all compiler version,
new version, all kinds of compiler flags, etc pp.

Another Idea: we talk roundabout about 50 functions where inlining is mission
critical (and correct) but gcc sometimes have trouble to do so. Why not
enforce __always_inline there? E.g. annotate these rare function with
enforce_inline to highlight that these functions are always inlined. No matter
what optimization and what compiler flags:

#define enforce_inline __always_inline

Developers are encouraged to use inline - because then the compiler can decide
based on his algorithms/heuristics if a function should be inlined or not. For
some really hot & short function the developer can use enforce_inline
- but this should be an exception.


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