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SubjectRe: ERESTARTSYS question.
On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, Jani Monoses wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, Bjorn Wesen wrote:
> > ERESTARTSYS is a part of the api between the driver and the
> > signal-handling code in the kernel. It does not reach user-space (provided
> > of course that it's used appropriately in the drivers :)
> As an example sound/via82cxxx_audio.c returns ERESTARTSYS from
> via_dsp_open() .I suppose this _does_ reach userland right?

No; system calls do not exit directly to userland, they exit through the
magic in entry.S (confusingly so :). If a signal is pending (which it is,
if down_interruptible fails) the return is made through do_signal, which
rewrites the return value and does the proper restarting.

(down_interruptible means it can be interrupted by a signal, btw - bad
drivers do sleep and semaphoring without _interruptible so if your HW is
bad the process can get stuck irrecoverably in the kernel)


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