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SubjectRe: Scheduling of low-priority background processes
Pavel Machek writes:
> Hi!
> > I foolishly muttered:
> >
> > > What if the SCHED_IDLE behaviour only applies when the process
> > > is in userspace? Couldn't scheduler compare the process's
> > > instruction pointer against the kernel/user break point, and
> > > if the process is in the kernel, then just treat it like a
> > > normal process?
> >
> > ...eek. I clearly wasn't thinking straight with that one. There
> > isn't a (non-disgusting) way of determining in the scheduler if a
> > process is executing a syscall apart from sys_sched_yield, is there.
>
> Actually, something similar was implemented. New process flag was
> added, and when process did syscall, it lost SCHED_IDLE flag, and it
> was returned to it when it went back to userland.

That's the sensible approach. Is anyone maintaining that patch and
sending it to Linus for inclusion?

Regards,

Richard....
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