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Date:   Wed, 8 Apr 2020 09:44:51 +0300
From:   Leon Romanovsky <>
To:     Ka-Cheong Poon <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net 1/2] net/rds: Replace direct refcount_inc() by inline

On Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 12:15:51PM +0800, Ka-Cheong Poon wrote:
> On 4/8/20 2:48 AM, Leon Romanovsky wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 07, 2020 at 09:08:01AM -0700, Ka-Cheong Poon wrote:
> > > Added rds_ib_dev_get() and rds_mr_get() to improve code readability.
> >
> > It is very hard to agree with this sentence.
> > Hiding basic kernel primitives is very rare will improve code readability.
> > It is definitely not the case here.
> This is to match the rds_ib_dev_put() and rds_mr_put() functions.
> Isn't it natural to have a pair of *_put()/*_get() functions?

Ohhh, thank you for pointing that. It is great example why hiding basic
primitives is really bad idea.

123 void rds_ib_dev_put(struct rds_ib_device *rds_ibdev)
124 {
125         BUG_ON(refcount_read(&rds_ibdev->refcount) == 0);
            ^^^^^^ no to this
126         if (refcount_dec_and_test(&rds_ibdev->refcount))
127                 queue_work(rds_wq, &rds_ibdev->free_work);
128 }


300         rds_ib_dev_put(rds_ibdev);
301         rds_ib_dev_put(rds_ibdev);

Double put -> you wrongly initialized/used refcount.

So instead of hiding refcount_inc(), I would say delete your *_put() variants,
fix reference counting and convert rds_mr_put() to be normal kref object
instead of current implementation. Which does exactly the same like your
custom *_put()/_get(), but better and with less errors.


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