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Subject[PATCH for-4.17 2/2] powerpc: Remove smp_mb() from arch_spin_is_locked()
Commit 51d7d5205d338 ("powerpc: Add smp_mb() to arch_spin_is_locked()")
added an smp_mb() to arch_spin_is_locked(), in order to ensure that

Thread 0 Thread 1

spin_lock(A); spin_lock(B);
r0 = spin_is_locked(B) r1 = spin_is_locked(A);

never ends up with r0 = r1 = 0, and reported one example (in ipc/sem.c)
relying on such guarantee.

It's however understood (and undocumented) that spin_is_locked() is not
required to ensure such ordering guarantee, guarantee that is currently
_not_ provided by all implementations/arch, and that callers relying on
such ordering should instead use suitable memory barriers before acting
on the result of spin_is_locked().

Following a recent auditing[1] of the callers of {,raw_}spin_is_locked()
revealing that none of them are relying on this guarantee anymore, this
commit removes the leading smp_mb() from the primitive thus effectively
reverting 51d7d5205d338.


Signed-off-by: Andrea Parri <>
Cc: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>
Cc: Paul Mackerras <>
Cc: Michael Ellerman <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h | 1 -
1 file changed, 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h b/arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h
index b9ebc3085fb79..ecc141e3f1a73 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h
+++ b/arch/powerpc/include/asm/spinlock.h
@@ -67,7 +67,6 @@ static __always_inline int arch_spin_value_unlocked(arch_spinlock_t lock)

static inline int arch_spin_is_locked(arch_spinlock_t *lock)
- smp_mb();
return !arch_spin_value_unlocked(*lock);

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