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SubjectRe: Structure clobbering causes timer oopses
On Sun, Oct 13, 2002 at 02:17:46AM +0000, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > If they're initially using add_timer(), that works out
> > OK. It they start out using mod_timer() (or del_timer) then bug.
> The init_timer() comment says otherwise, but I imagine that not using
> it shouldn't _cause_ any bugs.
> * init_timer() must be done to a timer prior calling *any* of the
> * other timer functions.

I am not sure about that. init_timer() initializes timer->base
and timer_pending() checks for base == NULL. So, it is illegal
to do timer_pending(), mod_timer() and del_timer*() without an
init_timer() or an add_timer() earlier. But then, I presume this
was a requirement in the earlier timer interfaces too. No ?

Dipankar Sarma <>
Linux Technology Center, IBM Software Lab, Bangalore, India.
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