Re: [PATCH] micro-opt DEBUG_ADD_PAGE

From: David Weinehall (
Date: Thu Feb 08 2001 - 11:37:45 EST

On Thu, Feb 08, 2001 at 04:24:23PM +0000, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Wed, 7 Feb 2001, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > On Wed, 7 Feb 2001, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> > >
> > > None of those optimizes this: I believe the semantics of "||" (don't
> > > try next test if first succeeds) forbid the optimization "|" gives?
> >
> > No. The optimization is entirely legal - but the fact that
> > "constant_test_bit()" uses a "volatile unsigned int *" is the reason why
> > gcc thinks it can't optimize it.
> Ah, yes, I hadn't noticed that, the "volatile" is indeed why it ends up
> with three "mov"s. But take the "volatile"s out of constant_test_bit(),
> and DEBUG_ADD_PAGE still expands to three tests and three (four if 2.97)
> jumps - which is what originally offended me.
> But Mark (in test program in private mail) shows gcc combining bits
> into one test and one jump, just as we'd hope (and I wrongly thought
> forbidden). Perhaps the inline function nature of constant_test_bit()
> (which Mark didn't use) gets in the way of combining those tests.
> > You could try to remove the volatile from test_bit, and see if that fixes
> > it - but then we'd have to find and add the proper "rmb()" calls to people
> > who do the endless loop kind of thing like above.
> That is not an inviting path to me, at least not any time soon!
> I think this all argues for the little patch I suggested - just avoid
> test_bit() here. But it was only intended as a quick little suggestion:
> looks like our tastes differ, and you prefer taking the _tiny_ hit of
> using the regular macros, to seeing "1<<PG_bitshift"s in DEBUG_ADD_PAGE.

Well, after all, it's debugging code, and the code now is easy to read.
Your code, while more efficient, isn't. I think that clarity takes
priority over efficiency in non-critical code such as debugging
code. Of course, this is my personal opinion...

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