On Thu, 2004-12-30 at 20:01, Patrick McHardy wrote:
This isn't right (its also wrong in the current code). If the
CPU reorders stores and another CPU looks at dst->action at
the wrong time it might see an inconsistent structure.
I think an xchg around the else should fix this.
I also wonder if anyone
actually knows why we need the xchg (here and in all the other
places), it looks totally useless.
All these were put in by Alexey and the LinuxWay(tm) took effect.
an xchg puts almost a lock and ensures an atomic swap. I dont see any
harm in leaving it as is - just needs fixing the else
No real harm, but it still should be removed IMO, or used _instead_
of tcf_tree_lock in this place. I've asked myself multiple times what
it is meant for and I've seen others do the same, this alone justifies
removing it. Another reason is what you call LinuxWay(tm), strange
things spread on their own and at some time you have to touch lots of
files to get rid them. So its best to do it as early as possible.