[dm-devel] [PATCH] blk-lib: fix error reporting

Mikulas Patocka mpatocka at redhat.com
Tue Jul 8 13:05:05 UTC 2014

On Tue, 8 Jul 2014, Christoph Hellwig wrote:

> > +	if (unlikely(err))
> > +		ACCESS_ONCE(bb->error) = err;
> I can't see a reason for the ACCESS_ONCE here.

Multiple bios can be completed concurrently, so they write bb->error at 
the same time. The compiler may do store tearing (see "store tearing" in 
Documentation/memory-barriers.txt) - it may split one 4-byte write into 
several smaller writes - and it could result in setting bb->error to 
invalid value. We need ACCESS_ONCE to make sure that store tearing doesn't 


> Also the likely/unlikely annotations here smell like premature
> optimization.
> Otherwise looks good to me.

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