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SubjectRe: [PATCH] remove BKL from drivers' release functions
On Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 04:26:16PM -0800, David C. Hansen wrote:
> I wrote a quick and dirty char device driver to see if this happened.
> If I run two tasks doing a bunch of opens and closes, the -EBUSY
> condition in the open function does happen. Is my driver doing
> something wrong?

What's happening is:

task 1 task 2
-> sys_open
-> lock_kernel
-> testdev_open
-> test_and_set_bit
return success
unlock kernel
-> sys_open
-> lock_kernel (blocks on it)
-> testdev_open
-> test_and_set_bit
return -EBUSY
unlock kernel

The BKL is only held for the duration of the open, not until you close the

Russell King ( The developer of ARM Linux

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