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    SubjectRe: kernel threads and close method in a device driver
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    mleisner@eng.mc.xerox.com said:
    > The architecture is currently:
    > open device
    > do IOCTL (spinning a kernel thread and doing initialization)
    > There is currently an IOCTL which short-circuits to the close method.
    > Turns out it seems necessary to do this IOCTL -- close never gets
    > invoked.

    Your kernel thread is probably sharing filedescriptors with the parent
    process, so although your application closes its copy, because the kernel
    thread hasn't closed its copy, the ->release() method never gets called.

    Make sure you're cleaning up properly when starting the kernel thread. See
    how other kernel threads do it. As Andi says, daemonize() is a good start,
    although it's not always sufficient.

    --
    dwmw2


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