bit fields && data tearing

Oleg Nesterov oleg at
Sun Jul 13 22:29:50 EST 2014

On 07/13, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Sat, 2014-07-12 at 22:51 +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > OK, looks like this is compiler bug,
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks to Dan who informed me privately.
> So yes, there's is this compiler bug which means a bitfield
> access can cause a r-m-w access to a neighbouring field

Thanks. So I can forward this all back to bugzilla.

> but
> in general, I would be weary of bitfields anyway since accessing
> them isn't going to be atomic anyway... it's too easy to get things
> wrong and in most cases the benefit is yet to be demonstrated.

Sure, bit fields should be used with care. But the same arguments apply
to bitmasks, they are often used without "atomic" set/clear_bit.

> In your example, I don't see the point of the bitfield.

This is just test-case. The real code has more adjacent bit fields, only
the tracee can modify them, and only debugger can change ->freeze_stop.



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