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SubjectRe: Runaway cron task on 2.5.63/4 bk?
Andrew Morton wrote:
> george anzinger <george@mvista.com> wrote:
>
>>Linus Torvalds wrote:
>>
>>>On Mon, 10 Mar 2003, george anzinger wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Lets consider this one on its own merits. What SHOULD sleep do when
>>>>asked to sleep for MAX_INT number of jiffies or more, i.e. when
>>>>jiffies overflows? My notion, above, it that it is clearly an error.
>>>
>>>
>>>My suggestion (in order of preference):
>>> - sleep the max amount, and then restart as if a signal had happened
>>
>>I think this will require a 64-bit expire in the timer_struct
>>(actually it would not be treated as such, but the struct would still
>>need the added bits). Is this ok?
>>
>>I will look at the problem in detail and see if there might be another
>>way without the need of the added bits.
>
>
> Is it not possible to just sit in a loop, sleeping for 0x7fffffff jiffies
> on each iteration? (Until the final partial bit of course)

Seems reasonable. I will have a look.

-g
>
>
>>Hm... I changed it to what it is to make it easier to track down
>>problems in the test code... and this was user code. My thinking was
>>that such large values are clear errors, and having the code "hang" in
>>the sleep just hides the problem. But then, I NEVER make a system
>>call without checking for errors.... And, I was making a LOT of sleep
>>calls and wanted to know which one(s) were wrong.
>
>
> If an app wants to sleep forever, calling
>
> while (1)
> sleep(MAX_INT);
>
> seems like a reasonable approach. I'd expect quite a lot of applications
> would be doing that.
>
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High-res-timers: http://sourceforge.net/projects/high-res-timers/
Preemption patch: http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/rml

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