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Date:	Tue,  6 Oct 2015 09:13:45 -0700
From:	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
To:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Cc:	mingo@...nel.org, jiangshanlai@...il.com, dipankar@...ibm.com,
	akpm@...ux-foundation.org, mathieu.desnoyers@...icios.com,
	josh@...htriplett.org, tglx@...utronix.de, peterz@...radead.org,
	rostedt@...dmis.org, dhowells@...hat.com, edumazet@...gle.com,
	dvhart@...ux.intel.com, fweisbec@...il.com, oleg@...hat.com,
	bobby.prani@...il.com,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
Subject: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 10/13] rcu: Add rcu_pointer_handoff()

This commit adds an rcu_pointer_handoff() that is intended to mark
situations where a structure's protection transitions from RCU to some
other mechanism (locking, reference counting, whatever).  These markings
should allow external tools to more easily spot bugs involving leaking
pointers out of RCU read-side critical sections.

Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
---
 include/linux/rcupdate.h | 22 ++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 22 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/rcupdate.h b/include/linux/rcupdate.h
index 6c3ceceb6148..587eb057e2fa 100644
--- a/include/linux/rcupdate.h
+++ b/include/linux/rcupdate.h
@@ -813,6 +813,28 @@ static inline void rcu_preempt_sleep_check(void)
 #define rcu_dereference_sched(p) rcu_dereference_sched_check(p, 0)
 
 /**
+ * rcu_pointer_handoff() - Hand off a pointer from RCU to other mechanism
+ * @p: The pointer to hand off
+ *
+ * This is simply an identity function, but it documents where a pointer
+ * is handed off from RCU to some other synchronization mechanism, for
+ * example, reference counting or locking.  In C11, it would map to
+ * kill_dependency().  It could be used as follows:
+ *
+ *	rcu_read_lock();
+ *	p = rcu_dereference(gp);
+ *	long_lived = is_long_lived(p);
+ *	if (long_lived) {
+ *		if (!atomic_inc_not_zero(p->refcnt))
+ *			long_lived = false;
+ *		else
+ *			p = rcu_pointer_handoff(p);
+ *	}
+ *	rcu_read_unlock();
+ */
+#define rcu_pointer_handoff(p) (p)
+
+/**
  * rcu_read_lock() - mark the beginning of an RCU read-side critical section
  *
  * When synchronize_rcu() is invoked on one CPU while other CPUs
-- 
2.5.2

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