Re: [tip:x86/urgent] x86: Add memory modify constraints to xchg()and cmpxchg()

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Wed Jul 28 2010 - 19:02:04 EST

On 07/28/2010 08:45 AM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:33 PM, tip-bot for H. Peter Anvin
> <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> x86: Add memory modify constraints to xchg() and cmpxchg()
> Ack. I assume this doesn't really change the code generated? At least
> not with a gcc that honors the whole memory clobber thing properly?
> I also suspect that we can/should get rid of the __xg() thing - it was
> there just to make sure gcc didn't see the memory read as a single
> word and tried to optimize it. With the "+m" it probably doesn't
> matter any more (don't know if it ever did)

For what it's worth, it fairly heavily preturbs code around
__set_64bit(), which implies it actually does something useful in that
case. The rest of the code looks similar enough.


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