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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] lib: more scalable list_sort()
On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 09:59:06PM +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > Similarly, adding cond_resched() to list_sort means you can stop
> > worrying about the scheduling latency impact of sorting long lists.
> > I fail to see why you're making such a big deal out of this.....
> It's not easy to add it to a low level library function like list_sort()
> because you would need to ensure that all callers are allowed to sleep.

might_sleep() annotations are typically used in this case....

> Or even if all callers currently allow it future ones might not.

You're trying to make this way more complex than the current
requirements need it to be. Just declaring a simple rule -
"list_sort() can sleep" - and all these problems go away until
someone really needs list sorting in atomic context.


Dave Chinner

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