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Re: [patch] linux 2.4.17: An mb() rework

To: Dominic Sweetman <>
Subject: Re: [patch] linux 2.4.17: An mb() rework
From: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 13:04:23 +0100 (MET)
Cc: Jason Gunthorpe <>,,
In-reply-to: <>
Organization: Technical University of Gdansk
On Fri, 1 Feb 2002, Dominic Sweetman wrote:

> And a plea: the word "flush" in Linux is already abused for caches
> (where it means invalidate, write back, or possibly both).  That's
> enough trouble: if you also "flush" write buffers, your confusion will
> be complete.  Maybe we should leave "flush" to plumbers and use more
> precise terminology for computers...

 Too bad the original name for the function is wbflush() already...  At
least IDT uses it in their docs. 

+  Maciej W. Rozycki, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland   +
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