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SubjectRe: calling kthread_create() from interrupt thread
On Tue, 15 Jun 2004, Dean Nelson wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 07:49:37PM +0200, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > On Tue, 2004-06-15 at 19:42, Dean Nelson wrote:
> > > I'm working on a driver that needs to create threads that can sleep/block
> > > for an indefinite period of time.
> > >
> > > . Can kthread_create() be called from an interrupt handler?
> >
> > no
> >
> > >
> > > . Is the cost of a kthread's creation/demise low enough so that one
> > > can, as often as needed, create a kthread that performs a simple
> > > function and exits? Or is the cost too high for this?
> >
> > for that we have keventd in 2.4, work queues in 2.6
>
> As mentioned above, it is possible for this "simple" function to sleep/block
> for an indefinite period of time. I was under the impression that one
> couldn't block a work queue thread for an indefinite period of time. Am
> I mistaken?
>
> Thanks,
> Dean
>

If you make a kernel thread, it can sleep forever if it wants, you
can wake it up with wake_up_interruptible() from an interrupt after
you have laid out the work you want it to do. That kernel thread
has access to all your kernel data space, plus can spin-lock to
prevent an interrupt from changing things in critical sections,
etc.

It's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Cheers,
Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.26 on an i686 machine (5570.56 BogoMips).
Note 96.31% of all statistics are fiction.


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