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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] eventfd: new EFD_STATE flag
On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 11:25:01AM -0700, Davide Libenzi wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Aug 2009, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>
> > On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 04:40:51PM +0300, Avi Kivity wrote:
> > > On 08/23/2009 04:36 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > >> More important here is realization that eventfd is a mutex/semaphore
> > >> implementation, not a generic event reporting interface as we are trying
> > >> to use it.
> > >>
> > >
> > > Well it is a generic event reporting interface (for example, aio uses it).
> >
> > Davide, I think it's a valid point. For example, what read on eventfd
> > does (zero a counter and return) is not like any semaphore I saw.
>
>
> Indeed, the default eventfd behaviour is like, well, an event. Signaling
> (kernel side) or writing (userspace side), signals the event.
> Waiting (reading) it, will reset the event.
> If you use EFD_SEMAPHORE, you get a semaphore-like behavior.
> Events and sempahores are two widely known and used abstractions.
> The EFD_STATE proposed one, well, no. Not at all.

Hmm. All we try to do is, associate a small key with the event
that we signal. Is it really that uncommon/KVM specific?

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> - Davide
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