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From: (Linus Torvalds)
Subject: Re: Linux-2.5.28
Original-Message-ID: <aho48s$2ko$>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 06:03:20 GMT
Message-ID: <>

In article <>,
Jean Tourrilhes  <> wrote:
>	IrDA is not going to get fixed soon. Over the time I've been
>fixing the IrDA stack, I've slowly fixed some of most dangerous
>locking problems, but fixing the remaining code will involve some
>serious re-work and is unfortunately not just about sprinking a few
>spinlocks there and there.

Actually, the way to emulate cli/sti behaviour is not to "sprinkle"
spinlocks, you can generally do it with _one_ spinlock per subsystem.

So the straightforward way to port away from cli/sti is to add one
spinlock which takes their place for that subsystem, and then get that
lock on entry to subsystem interrupts and timer events, and in all
places where there used to be a cli/sti.

It gets a bit more complicated partly because you could nest cli/sti,
and you can't nest spinlocks, but on the whole none of it is "rocket

Of course, doing it _right_ (rather than try to just translate the
semantics of cli/sti fairly directly) can be a lot more work. But even a
straight translation improves on what used to be, since different
subsystems will now be independent, and since it is easier later on to
split the one lock up on a as-needed basis.


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