[PATCH (resubmit)][BRIDGE] Properly dereference the br_should_route_hook

Herbert Xu herbert at gondor.apana.org.au
Thu Nov 29 05:04:20 PST 2007

On Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 07:21:08PM +0300, Pavel Emelyanov wrote:
> This hook is protected with the RCU, so simple
> 	if (br_should_route_hook)
> 		br_should_route_hook(...)
> is not enough on some architectures.
> Use the rcu_dereference/rcu_assign_pointer in this case.
> Fixed Stephen's comment concerning using the typeof().
> Signed-off-by: Pavel Emelyanov <xemul at openvz.org>

Applied to net-2.6.  Thanks Pavel!

>  static void __exit ebtable_broute_fini(void)
>  {
> -	br_should_route_hook = NULL;
> +	rcu_assign_pointer(br_should_route_hook, NULL);

Just for the record, rcu_assign_pointer is never necessary when
you're assigning NULL.  The reason is that rcu_assign_pointer serves
as a barrier between the initialisation of the content of what you're
assigning and the actual assignment.  Since NULL does not need to be
initialised you don't need the barrier :)

Hmm, perhaps we could even build this logic into rcu_assign_pointer.

Then again, who still uses an Alpha? Mine died years ago :)

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