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SubjectRe: IRQ and sleep_on
Ok thank you for your help.
I've followed your first advice. My solution was ok on my target (ppc and x86) but was not a good solution.
I'm very interesting to know why it's bad to restore flags in a sub-function. I imagine it should be due to an optimisation in the restore function.

Thank you,
Christophe Barbé


On lun, 05 fév 2001 13:59:28 Manfred Spraul wrote:
> christophe barbe wrote:
> >
> > I've missed the thread "avoiding bad sleeps" last week. I've had a similar problem
> > and I would like to discuss the solution I've used to avoid it.
> >
> > I want to wake up a sleeping process from an IRQ handler. In the process, if I use
> > a interruptible_sleep_on(), I need first to restore flags (otherwise the process
> > will sleep forever).
> >
> > restore_flags(flags);
> > // <<== here IRQ handler possibly call wake_up()
> > interruptible_sleep_on(&my_queue);
> >
> > [...]
> > I've written a modified version of interruptible_sleep_on which takes an
> > additionnal argument : flags to be restored.
>
> That's possible, but it will crash on Sparc: you cannot restore the
> interrupt flag saved in one function in another function.
>
> The solution is very simple: do not call restore_flags() before
> interruptible_sleep_on(), the schedule internally reenables interrupts.
>
> >>>>>>>>>>
> for(;;) {
> cli();
> if(condition) {
> sti();
> break;
> }
> interruptible_sleep_on();
> sti(); /* required! */
> }
> >>>>>>>>>
>
> But if you are writing new code, then DO NOT USE sleep_on(), use
> add_wait_queue(), and a spinlock instead of cli().
> Look at wait_event_irq in <linux/raid/md_k.h> from the 2.4 kernel as an
> example.
>
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> Manfred
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