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Date:	Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:20:33 -0800
From:	Eric Dumazet <eric.dumazet@...il.com>
To:	Cong Wang <cwang@...pensource.com>
Cc:	Tom Herbert <therbert@...gle.com>, netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: suspicious RCU usage in net/ipv4/ip_tunnel.c:80

On Sun, 2014-01-12 at 22:36 -0800, Cong Wang wrote:
> > Please read rcu_dereference_protected() documentation in
> > include/linux/rcupdate.h
> 
> I did before I replied.



> 
> >
> > Also you can run sparse, with CONFIG_SPARSE_RCU_POINTER=y in
> > your .config
> >
> > make C=2 net/ipv4/ip_tunnel.o
> >
> > And then you'll know the answer to this question.
> >
> 
> Sounds like it is only to shut up a sparse warning, then its name
> is misleading, we clearly don't dereference it here.

Historical reasons, you should have been there when Paul invented the
name and lazy people like us let him do so !

http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=b62730baea32f86fe91a7930e4b7ee8d82778b79

You are lucky, there is plenty of documentation, maybe too much..



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