On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM, Linus Torvalds
Btw, this second patch was a bit more aggressive than the first one,
and actually removes the "memory" clobber entirely, and the fake cast
of the target type.
That shouldn't matter _except_ if people actually use cmpxchg to
implement their own locking, since now the compiler could potentially
move unrelated memory references around the lock. Of course, if you
use cmpxchg to implement your own locking, you're probably doing
something wrong anyway (ie you'll get the wrong memory barriers on
various architectures), so it should all be fine.
But I thought I'd mention it. And I don't really know how much gcc
moves memory accesses around a "asm volatile" - the gcc docs are
historically very vague ("volatile asms aren't moved around
'significantly'", whatever 'significant' means)
And btw, none of the above should be taken to mean that I have tested
the patch or found it to be otherwise good. It might be totally broken
for other reasons. Caveat emptor.