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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 04/10] x86: refcount: prevent gcc distortions
On 10/04/18 02:16, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * <> wrote:
>> Ingo: I wasn't talking necessarily about the specifics of each bit, but rather the general
>> concept about being able to use macros in inlines...
> Ok, agreed about that part - and some of the patches did improve readability.
> Also, the 275 lines macros.s is a lot nicer than the 4,200 lines macros.S.
> Also, I'm not against using workarounds when the benefits are larger than the costs, but I am
> against *hiding* the fact that these are workarounds and that for some of them there are costs.

Agreed, of course.

>> I can send you something I have been working on in the background, but have been holding off
>> on because of this, in the morning my time.
> BTW., I have applied most of the series to tip:x86/kbuild already, and will push them out later
> today after some testing. I didn't apply the final 3 patches as they have dependencies, but
> applied the basics and fixed up the changelogs.
> So you can rely on this.


Here is the horrible code I mentioned yesterday. This is about
implementing the immediate-patching framework that Linus and others have
discussed (it helps both performance and kernel hardening):

Warning: this stuff can cause serious damage to your eyes, and this is a
just a small chunk of the whole mess; and relying on gas macros, as
brain damaged as they are, really is much, much cleaner than not:


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