Re: [PATCH] checkpatch: Make the memory barrier test noisier

From: Joe Perches
Date: Fri Sep 27 2013 - 10:35:18 EST

On Fri, 2013-09-27 at 16:26 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 07:14:17AM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> > Peter Zijlstra prefers that comments be required near uses
> > of memory barriers.
> >
> > Change the message level for memory barrier uses from a
> > --strict test only to a normal WARN so it's always emitted.
> >
> > This might produce false positives around insertions of
> > memory barriers when a comment is outside the patch context
> > block.
> One would argue that in that case they're too far away in any case :-)
> > And checkpatch is still stupid, it only looks for existence
> > of any comment, not at the comment content.
> Could we try and alleviate this by giving a slightly more verbose
> warning?

> Maybe something like:
> memory barrier without comment; please refer to the pairing barrier and
> describe the ordering requirements.

That would make it seem as if all barriers are SMP no?

Maybe just refer to Documentation/memory-barriers.txt
and/or say something like "please document appropriately"

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