Review Request: Add spinlocks lock type, based on GCC intrisincs

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Tue Aug 28 23:37:20 BST 2012

On quarta-feira, 29 de agosto de 2012 00.36.07, Vadim Zhukov wrote:
> 2012/8/28 Thiago Macieira <thiago at>:
> > On terça-feira, 28 de agosto de 2012 12.28.24, Vadim Zhukov wrote:
> >> See the definition of SharedLock structure in kshareddatacache_p.h.
> >> Actually, other union members will not be accessed simultaneously with
> >> spinlock, but compiler doesn't know about that.
> > 
> > I don't see the need for a union.
> > 
> > The other types aren't related to a spinlock.
> The main thing there is "char unused[64]" below. The union is needed
> to keep the size of the whole structure constant. Or... is it
> impossible that there will be run two KDE-based apps with size of Qt
> atomic type simultaneously; e.g. during OS update?

The union is useless. If the size of the structure changed, the cross-process 
locking would stop working completely.

And in any case, if you're using a spinlock, you're not using a pthread_mutex. 
You don't need it, so remove it.

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