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Date:   Wed, 9 Sep 2020 08:43:44 -0500
From:   Alex Elder <>
To:     David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 1/5] net: ipa: use atomic exchange for suspend

On 9/8/20 10:27 PM, David Miller wrote:
> From: Alex Elder <>
> Date: Tue,  8 Sep 2020 19:21:23 -0500
>> We take a single IPA clock reference to keep the clock running
>> until we get a system suspend operation.  When a system suspend
>> request arrives, we drop that reference, and if that's the last
>> reference (likely) we'll proceed with suspending endpoints and
>> disabling the IPA core clock and interconnects.
>> In most places we simply set the reference count to 0 or 1
>> atomically.  Instead--primarily to catch coding errors--use an
>> atomic exchange to update the reference count value, and report
>> an error in the event the previous value was unexpected.
>> In a few cases it's not hard to see that the error message should
>> never be reported.  Report them anyway, but add some excitement
>> to the message by ending it with an exclamation point.
>> Signed-off-by: Alex Elder <>
> Please use refcount_t if you're wanting to validate things like
> this.

There is exactly one reference here; the "reference" is
essentially a Boolean flag.  So the value is always either
0 or 1.

I can use refcount_dec_if_one() for the 1->0 transition,
but I'm not sure how I can do the 0->1 transition with
refcount_t.  I admit I might be missing something.

Would you like me to add refcount_inc_if_zero()?

Otherwise would you prefer a different naming convention
to use for this Boolean "reference count"?



> Thank you.

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