Sorry if I haven't been as clear as I might wish. I shall try: I do
appreciate your patience.
1) You keep ignoring the load race problem. Your solution does not
solve that, so you will need something else as well.
2) Several places in the kernel do *not* keep reference counts, for
example net/core/dev.c's dev_add_pack and dev_remove_pack. You
want to add reference counts to all of them, but the only reason
for the reference counts is for module unload: you are penalizing
everyone just *in case* one is a module.
3) The cost of doing atomic_incs and decs on eg. our network performance
is simply unacceptable. The only way to avoid hitting the same
cacheline all the time is to use bigrefs, and the kernel bloat will
kill us (and they're still not free for the 99% of people who don't
have IPv4 and TCP as modules).
4) Your solution does not allow implementation of "rmmod -f" which
prevents module count from increasing, and removes it when it is
done. This is very nice when your usage count is controlled by an
external source (eg. your network).
Now, your proposal *can* be modified to address these things, but I'm
not sure you'll like your proposale when that's done 8(
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