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SubjectRe: use of PREEMPT_ACTIVE ?
On Thu, 2004-03-18 at 14:51, wrote:

> the PREEMPT_ACTIVE flag set by preempt_schedule() or during return of
> interrupt / exception / syscall. And it's tested in schedule() to
> avoid some operations like deactivate_task().
> Our purpose is to force deactivation of the task. So we planned to set
> task state to TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE value and then to call
> schedule(). However the PREEMPT_ACTIVE flag can prevent it.
> So what is the significance of the PREEMPT_ACTIVE flag and the test in
> schedule() ?

It lets a task be preempted when state != TASK_RUNNING. By preventing
the task from being deactivated, it can be rescheduled correctly.
Otherwise, a task that was, say, TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE could be preempted
before it put itself on a wait queue.

Marking the task that is preempted is a simple solution to the race.

If you want to force the deactivation of the task, there is really no
difference. Set it to TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE, do whatever you need to do,
and call schedule().

PREEMPT_ACTIVE is unrelated to what you want to do.

Robert Love

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