Re: [PATCH percpu/for-3.11 2/2] percpu-refcount: implementpercpu_ref_cancel_init()

From: Kent Overstreet
Date: Wed Jun 12 2013 - 23:56:45 EST

On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 08:52:35PM -0700, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Normally, percpu_ref_init() initializes and percpu_ref_kill*()
> initiates destruction which completes asynchronously. The
> asynchronous destruction can be problematic in init failure path where
> the caller wants to destroy half-constructed object - distinguishing
> half-constructed objects from the usual release method can be painful
> for complex objects.
> This patch implements percpu_ref_cancel_init() which synchronously
> destroys the percpu_ref without invoking release. To avoid
> unintentional misuses, the function requires the ref to have finished
> percpu_ref_init() but never used and triggers WARN otherwise.

That's a good idea, I should've implemented that for aio.

I probably would've just gone with percpu_ref_free() (if caller knows
it's safe, they can do whatever they want) but I suppose I can live with

Acked-by: Kent Overstreet <koverstreet@xxxxxxxxxx>
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