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    SubjectRe: [patch] idle_task was wasting a lot of CPU

    On Fri, 27 Nov 1998, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
    > The first pending patch is a fix for a bug I discovered last week. The
    > patch avoid the idle task to continue to run if an useful process is being
    > wakenup. It make a _big_ difference. Compiling the kernel a `xload' show
    > that the CPU is used at 100% all the time (5/10% kernel and the other is
    > gcc). Without this patch xload is far from doing a straight line in the
    > high part of the graph.

    Hmm.. The idle tasks _should_ have a negative counter value all the time,
    at least they used to. That's the proper fix, to make sure that the
    counter value is never positive in the first place.

    I wonder when that broke?


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