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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 1/2 Maple: Update bus driver to allow support of VMU device
On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 10:52:27PM +0000, Adrian McMenamin wrote:
>
> On Thu, 2008-03-20 at 15:39 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Thu, 20 Mar 2008 22:23:17 +0000
> > Adrian McMenamin <adrian@newgolddream.dyndns.info> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > > urgh, down_trylock(). And a secret, undocumented one too.
> > > >
> > > > A trylock is always an exceptional thing. How is *any* reader of this code
> > > > supposed to work out what the heck it's doing there? Convert it into
> > > > down(), run the code and decrypt the lockdep warnings, I suspect.
> > > >
> > > > <looks>
> > > >
> > > > Nope, I can't see any other lock being held when we call this function.
> > > >
> > > > The trylocks are an utter mystery to me. Please don't write mysterious
> > > > code.
> > > >
> > >
> > > OK, I am sure this is my problem but I have no idea why you are
> > > describing down_trylock as undocumented
> >
> > I'm describing your use of it! I'm sitting here trying to work out why on
> > earth this code is using the highly unusual (and highly suspicious) trylock
> > idiom and this is far from clear.
> >
>
> OK, I understand your point now. Some comments wouldn't go amiss, for
> sure.
>
Other than the fact the locking is bizarre and utterly incomprehensible,
why are you using a semaphore here at all? You're effectively using it as
a mutex, and you really should be using that API instead, especially for
the debugging capabilities. This patch set looks like an excellent stress
test for the mutex debugging code.


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