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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] create workqueue threads only when needed
On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 10:15:02AM -0800, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> On Sat, 31 Jan 2009 19:03:49 +0100
> Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > one thing to look at for work queues that never get work is to see
> > > if they are appropriate for the async function call interface
> > > (the only requirement for that is that they need to cope with
> > > calling inline in exceptional cases)
> > >
> >
> >
> > Hi Arjan,
> >
> > There is one thing that make it hard to replace workqueues in such
> > cases, there is not guarantee the function will run in user context
> > because of this condition:
> >
> > if (!async_enabled || !entry || atomic_read(&entry_count) > MAX_WORK)
> >
> > I wanted to replace kpsmoused with an async function but I want to
> > schedule a slow work that can't be done from irq...
>
> if there is enough value in having a variant that is guaranteed to
> always run from a thread we could add that. Likely that needs that the
> caller passes in a bit of memory, but that's not too big a deal.
> If there is only 1 in the entire kernel it might not be worth it,
> but if it's a common pattern then for sure...
>
> do you have a feeling on how common this is ?
>


I don't know, most of those I've looked on are not documented about the reason
for a private workqueue. I guess most of them can use the usual kevent.



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