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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 12/27] rust: add `kernel` crate
On Mon, Sep 19, 2022 at 4:50 PM Alex Gaynor <alex.gaynor@gmail.com> wrote:
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> Rust's rules are that a function that's safe must not exhibit UB, no
> matter what arguments they're called with. This can be done with
> static checking or dynamic checking, with obvious trade offs between
> the two.

I think you are missing just how many things are "unsafe" in certain
contexts and *cannot* be validated.

This is not some kind of "a few special things".

This is things like absolutely _anything_ that allocates memory, or
takes a lock, or does a number of other things.

Those things are simply not "safe" if you hold a spinlock, or if you
are in a RCU read-locked region.

And there is literally no way to check for it in certain configurations. None.

So are you going to mark every single function that takes a mutex as
being "unsafe"?

Or are you just going to accept and understand that "hey, exactly like
with integer overflows, sometimes it will be checked, and sometimes it
just won't be".

Because that is literally the reality of the kernel. Sometimes you
WILL NOT have the checks, and you literally CANNOT have the checks.

This is just how reality is. You don't get to choose the universe you live in.

Linus

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