MMIO and gcc re-ordering issue

Alan Cox alan at
Tue May 27 18:24:30 EST 2008

> It's just another complicated thing for driver authors to get wrong.
> The other side of the coin is of course the cost.
> The only thing I am absolutely sure of is that we should make a
> decision fast, document it, and just stick to it.

It's unfortunate that the __read/___write versions have other different
semantics. The default should definitely be ordered but having un-ordered
ones as an option would be good for zapping the hot paths that matter.

Most I/O paths aren't even worth the thinking time for non-ordered I/O.


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