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From: "Akinobu Mita" <akinobu.mita@gmail.com>
To: "Andrew Morton" <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: "Nick Piggin" <nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au>, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/5] lib: introduce call_once()
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 21:27:30 +0900	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <961aa3350803110527g4d6654ew34847807e46da315@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080310212108.5882011e.akpm@linux-foundation.org>

2008/3/11, Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>:
> On Tue, 11 Mar 2008 15:10:52 +1100 Nick Piggin <nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au> wrote:
>
>  > On Tuesday 11 March 2008 14:48, Andrew Morton wrote:
>  > > On Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:57:05 +0900 Akinobu Mita <akinobu.mita@gmail.com>
>  > wrote:
>  > > > call_once() is an utility function which has similar functionality of
>  > > > pthread_once().
>  > > >
>  > > > +/*
>  > > > + * call_once - call the initialization function only once
>  > > > + *
>  > > > + * @once_control: guarantee that the init_routine will be called only
>  > > > once + * @init_routine: initialization function
>  > > > + *
>  > > > + * The first call to call_once(), with a given once_control, shall call
>  > > > the + * init_routine with no arguments and return the value init_routine
>  > > > returned. + * If the init_routine returns zero which indicates the
>  > > > initialization + * succeeded, subsequent calls of call_once() with the
>  > > > same once_control shall + * not call the init_routine and return zero.
>  > > > + */
>  > > > +
>  > > > +static inline int call_once(struct once_control *once_control,
>  > > > +                     int (*init_rouine)(void))
>  > > > +{
>  > > > + return likely(once_control->done) ? 0
>  > > > +                 : call_once_slow(once_control, init_rouine);
>  > > > +}
>  > >
>  > > I don't believe that this shold be described in terms of an "init_routine".
>  > > This mechanism can be used for things other than initialisation routines.
>  > >
>  > > It is spelled "routine", not "rouine".
>  > >
>  > >
>  > > Would it not be simpler and more general to do:
>  > >
>  > > #define ONCE()                                              \
>  > >     ({                                              \
>  > >             static long flag;                       \
>  > >                                                     \
>  > >             return !test_and_set_bit(0, flag);      \
>  > >     })
>  > >
>  > > and then callers can do
>  > >
>  > >     if (ONCE())
>  > >             do_something();
>  > >
>  > > ?

This cannot be used directly in the conversions of patch 2 - 5.
Because the callers of call_once() in patch 2 - 5 need to wait for the
complition of "init_routine". Some blocking mechanism is needed.

>  > Isn't this usually going to be buggy if you have concurrent access
>  > here? I'd prefer to keep synchronisation details in the caller and
>  > not have this call_once at all.
>
>
> Well, I'm a bit dubious about the calue of all of this (althoug I didn't
>  review the callers).
>

I'll try to find another conversions to back up the necessity...

  reply	other threads:[~2008-03-11 12:27 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 19+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-03-10 14:57 Akinobu Mita
2008-03-10 15:00 ` [PATCH 2/5] idr: use call_once() Akinobu Mita
2008-03-10 15:01   ` [PATCH 3/5] hugetlbfs: " Akinobu Mita
2008-03-10 15:03     ` [PATCH 4/5] shmem: " Akinobu Mita
2008-03-10 15:05       ` [PATCH 5/5] tiny-shmem: " Akinobu Mita
2008-03-10 22:15       ` [PATCH 4/5] shmem: " Hugh Dickins
2008-03-11 12:29         ` Akinobu Mita
2008-03-11 13:41           ` Hugh Dickins
2008-03-10 15:29 ` [PATCH 1/5] lib: introduce call_once() Joe Perches
2008-03-11 12:17   ` Akinobu Mita
2008-03-11  3:48 ` Andrew Morton
2008-03-11  4:10   ` Nick Piggin
2008-03-11  4:21     ` Andrew Morton
2008-03-11 12:27       ` Akinobu Mita [this message]
2008-03-11 17:35         ` Andrew Morton
2008-03-11 18:56           ` Joe Perches
2008-03-11 19:11             ` Andrew Morton
2008-03-15  4:01           ` Akinobu Mita
2008-03-11 12:41 ` Nick Piggin

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