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SubjectRe: comments style: Re: [RFC PATCH v4 1/9] printk-rb: add a new printk ringbuffer implementation
On (08/20/19 10:55), Petr Mladek wrote:
[..]
> > + *
> > + * Memory barrier involvement:
> > + *
> > + * If dB reads from gA, then dC reads from fG.
> > + * If dB reads from gA, then dD reads from fH.
> > + * If dB reads from gA, then dE reads from fE.
> > + *
> > + * Note that if dB reads from gA, then dC cannot read from fC.
> > + * Note that if dB reads from gA, then dD cannot read from fD.
> > + *
> > + * Relies on:
> > + *
> > + * RELEASE from fG to gA
> > + * matching
> > + * ADDRESS DEP. from dB to dC
> > + *
> > + * RELEASE from fH to gA
> > + * matching
> > + * ADDRESS DEP. from dB to dD
> > + *
> > + * RELEASE from fE to gA
> > + * matching
> > + * ACQUIRE from dB to dE
> > + */
>
> But I am not sure how much this is useful. It would take ages to decrypt
> all these shortcuts (signs) and translate them into something
> human readable. Also it might get outdated easily.
>
> That said, I haven't found yet if there was a system in all
> the shortcuts. I mean if they can be descrypted easily
> out of head. Also I am not familiar with the notation
> of the dependencies.

Does not appear to be systematic to me, but maybe I'm missing something
obvious. For chains like

jA->cD->hA to jB

I haven't found anything better than just git grep jA kernel/printk/
so far.

But once you'll grep for label cD, for instance, you'd see
that it's not defined. It's mentioned but not defined

kernel/printk/ringbuffer.c: * jA->cD->hA.
kernel/printk/ringbuffer.c: * RELEASE from jA->cD->hA to jB

I was thinking about renaming labels. E.g.

dataring_desc_init()
{
/* di1 */
WRITE_ONCE(desc->begin_lpos, 1);
/* di2 */
WRITE_ONCE(desc->next_lpos, 1);
}

Where di stands for descriptor init.

dataring_push()
{
/* dp1 */
ret = get_new_lpos(dr, size, &begin_lpos, &next_lpos);
...
/* dp2 */
smp_mb();
...
}

Where dp stands for descriptor push. For dataring we can add a 'dr'
prefix, to avoid confusion with desc barriers, which have 'd' prefix.
And so on. Dunno.

-ss

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