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SubjectRe: Scheduling of low-priority background processes
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.

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