Is incr/decr atomic in multithread mode?

Steve Chu stvchu at
Mon Feb 25 06:25:26 UTC 2008

In 'process_arithmetic_command' function:
We first do item_get from slabs and then do add_delta to incr/decr the value.

My question is:
Is this atomic in multithread mode? Item_get is atomic and so is
add_delta because they are protected by mutex. But the entire two
operations seems NOT atomic. Two threads can both do item_get with
same key, then both incr it, and write back.

Anybody can tell me whether it is a bug or not?


Steve Chu

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