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SubjectRe: Purpose of [start|end]_bh_atomic?

On Mon, 15 Feb 1999, Regis Duchesne wrote:

> What is the exact purpose of start_bh_atomic() and end_bh_atomic()?
> Reading the source, I can see that some drivers use these functions, but I
> can't see how it is related to bottom half handlers.


they guarantee that no BH on any CPU will execute during the execution of
the <CODE> critical section. bhs may run during <PRE> and <POST>. Note
that this locks out _all_ bhs. It's main uses are in the networking code.

-- mingo

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