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SubjectRe: Using kernel_fpu_begin() in device driver - feasible or not?
> 1. Would it be sufficient to just bracket all fpu-using code code by
> kernel_fpu_begin()/kernel_fpu_end()? If not, what problems could I
> run into?

You can do that providing you dont

> 2. Would it be OK to go to sleep inside such a region, or should I
> take care to avoid that?

You can't sleep in such a region - there is nowhere left to store the
FPU context

> 3. Perhaps I should call init_fpu() at some point as well? If so,
> should it be done before or after kernel_fpu_begin()?


> 4. Is there any difference between doing this in the context of a user
> process (implementation of an ioctl) compared to doing it in a
> daemonized kernel thread (created by a loadable kernel module)?

The kernel thread is actually easier, you can happily corrupt its user
FPU context by sleeping since you are the only FPU user for the thread.
Not nice, not portable but should work fine on x86 without any of the
above for the moment.

You should probably also test the FPU is present and handle it accordingly
with polite messages not an oops 8)
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