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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Futex Asynchronous Interface
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In message <Pine.LNX.4.44.0206120946100.22189-100000@home.transmeta.com> you wr
ite:
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> On Wed, 12 Jun 2002, Peter W=E4chtler wrote:
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> > For the uncontended case: their is no blocked process...
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> Wrong.
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> The process that holds the lock can die _before_ it gets contended.
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> When another thread comes in, it now is contended, but the kernel doesn't
> know about anything.

Note also: this is a feature.

I have a little helper program which can grab or release a futex in a
(mmapped) file. It's great for shell scripts to grab locks. In this
case the helper exits with the lock held, and a later invocation
releases a lock it never held.

*AND* the lock is persistent across reboots, since it's in a file.
How cool is that!

This is the *third* major thread on this subject, BTW.
Rusty.
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