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    SubjectRe: scheduler: IRQs disabled over context switches
    On Sun, May 23, 2004 at 04:04:39PM -0700, Davide Libenzi wrote:
    > On Sun, 23 May 2004, Russell King wrote:
    > > Not quite - look harder. They use spin_unlock_irq in finish_arch_switch
    > > rather than prepare_arch_switch.
    > Hmm, they do indeed. Hmm, if we release the rq lock before the ctx switch,
    > "prev" (the real one) will result not running since we already set
    > "rq->curr" to "next" (and we do not hold "prev->switch_lock").

    We do hold prev->switch_lock - we hold it all the time that the thread
    is running. Consider what prepare_arch_switch() is doing - it's taking
    the next threads switch_lock. It only gets released _after_ we've
    switched away from that thread.

    So I think your analysis is flawed.

    Russell King
    Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux -
    maintainer of: 2.6 PCMCIA -
    2.6 Serial core
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