Re: [RFC][PATCH 5/5] arch: Sanitize atomic_t bitwise ops

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Feb 06 2014 - 11:53:14 EST

On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 5:48 AM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Many archs have atomic_{set,clear}_mask() but not all. Remove these
> and provide a comprehensive set of bitops:
> atomic{,64}_{and,or,xor}{,_return}()

Who uses these, and why?

The "_return()" versions of atomic ops are noticeably slower and more
complex on common architectures (ie x86), and apparently there is no
use of them since they didn't exist.

So why add them? Just to encourage people to do bad things?

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