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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cgroup: pids: use {READ,WRITE}_ONCE for pids->limit operations
On 2019-10-16, Tejun Heo <> wrote:
> Hello, Aleksa.
> On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 07:32:19PM +1100, Aleksa Sarai wrote:
> > Maybe I'm misunderstanding Documentation/atomic_t.txt, but it looks to
> > me like it's explicitly saying that I shouldn't use atomic64_t if I'm
> > just using it for fetching and assignment.
> Hah, where is it saying that?

Isn't that what this says:

> Therefore, if you find yourself only using the Non-RMW operations of
> atomic_t, you do not in fact need atomic_t at all and are doing it
> wrong.

Doesn't using just atomic64_read() and atomic64_set() fall under "only
using the non-RMW operations of atomic_t"? But yes, I agree that any
locking is overkill.

> > As for 64-bit on 32-bit machines -- that is a separate issue, but from
> > [1] it seems to me like there are more problems that *_ONCE() fixes than
> > just split reads and writes.
> Your explanations are too wishy washy. If you wanna fix it, please do
> it correctly. R/W ONCE isn't the right solution here.

Sure, I will switch it to use atomic64_read() and atomic64_set() instead
if that's what you'd prefer. Though I will mention that on quite a few
architectures atomic64_read() is defined as:

#define atomic64_read(v) READ_ONCE((v)->counter)

Aleksa Sarai
Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
SUSE Linux GmbH
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