[TUHS] V6 UNIX main() oddness

Ron Natalie ron at ronnatalie.com
Fri Jan 26 05:36:15 AEST 2018

I don't see any reason why you can't make that optimization at that point.
Nothing is going to come in and suddenly invalidate the inode between those
two lines.
I suspect it was an example of cut/paste-it is from some other part of the

-----Original Message-----
From: TUHS [mailto:tuhs-bounces at minnie.tuhs.org] On Behalf Of Noel Chiappa
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:43 PM
To: tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org
Cc: jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Subject: [TUHS] V6 UNIX main() oddness

So, while bringing up V6 on a hardware PDP-11/23 with an RK11 emulator using
an SD card for storage which Dave Bridgham and I are doing, I found this
piece of code in main() on V6 Unix:

	rootdir = iget(rootdev, ROOTINO);
	rootdir->i_flag =& ~ILOCK;
	u.u_cdir = iget(rootdev, ROOTINO);
	u.u_cdir->i_flag =& ~ILOCK;

I don't get why two separate calls to iget(), with the same arguments; why
not replace the second pair of lines with:

	u.u_cdir = rootdir;

What am I missing?


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