Re: [tip: locking/urgent] locking/ww_mutex: Simplify use_ww_ctx & ww_ctx handling

From: Waiman Long
Date: Wed Mar 17 2021 - 10:34:15 EST

On 3/17/21 10:10 AM, Waiman Long wrote:
On 3/17/21 9:55 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 09:43:20AM -0400, Waiman Long wrote:

Using gcc 8.4.1, the generated __mutex_lock function has the same size (with
last instruction at offset +5179) with or without this patch. Well, you can
say that this patch is an no-op wrt generated code.
OK, then GCC has gotten better. Because back then I tried really hard
but it wouldn't remove the if (ww_ctx) branches unless I had that extra
const bool argument.

I think ww_mutex was merged in 2013. That is almost 8 years ago. It could still be the case that older gcc compilers may not generate the right code. I will try the RHEL7 gcc compiler (4.8.5) to see how it fares.

I got the same result with the 4.8.5 compiler. The __mutex_lock() function has the same size with or without the patch. Note that I used the debug config during my RHEL8 compiler test, so the generated code size is much larger. With the non-debug config that I used for the 4.8.5 compiler test, the code is only about 1236 bytes.

Since the current Linux kernel requires gcc 4.9 or above (I downgraded the kernel to v5.4 for my 4.8.5 compiler test), the fear of generating inferior code due to this patch should be a moot point.