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    seqlock: add 'raw_seqcount_begin()' function · 4f988f15
    Linus Torvalds authored
    The normal read_seqcount_begin() function will wait for any current
    writers to exit their critical region by looping until the sequence
    count is even.
    
    That "wait for sequence count to stabilize" is the right thing to do if
    the read-locker will just retry the whole operation on contention: no
    point in doing a potentially expensive reader sequence if we know at the
    beginning that we'll just end up re-doing it all.
    
    HOWEVER.  Some users don't actually retry the operation, but instead
    will abort and do the operation with proper locking.  So the sequence
    count case may be the optimistic quick case, but in the presense of
    writers you may want to do full locking in order to guarantee forward
    progress.  The prime example of this would be the RCU name lookup.
    
    And in that case, you may well be better off without the "retry early",
    and are in a rush to instead get to the failure handling.  Thus this
    "raw" interface that just returns the sequence number without testing it
    - it just forces the low bit to zero so that read_seqcount_retry() will
    always fail such a "active concurrent writer" scenario.
    Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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