Re: [GIT PULL] locking changes for v4.4

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Tue Nov 03 2015 - 18:54:50 EST

On Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 1:16 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> - More gradual enhancements to atomic ops: new atomic*_read_ctrl() ops,
> synchronize atomic_{read,set}() ordering requirements between architectures,
> add atomic_long_t bitops. (Peter Zijlstra)

>From another thread: those new "atomic*_read_ctrl()" operations are
complete voodoo programming, and should never ever be used.

Those helpers seem to be based entirely on a mis-reading of alpha
memory ordering that is actually not possible in a universe where
causality exists.

It's not a new disease - we already have READ_ONCE_CTRL(), but it is
currently only actually used in one single place (but mentioned many
times in documentation that is looking less and less like reality).

But this pull request seems to make that thing be institutional, and
spreads this mis-understanding out, and tries to "document" it as some
kind of actual truth.

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