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SubjectHow to schedule idle_task?
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Hi,

I am trying to force idle_task in schedule() but could not get it to work.
Here is my requirement: I would like the scheduler to prevent any task
with low priority (meaning lower than a cutoff point) from being scheduled
to run, even if there are no high priority tasks running (when this
happens, idle_task should be scheduled to run). They (the low priority
tasks) have to wait until their dynamic priorities boosted to be able to
run.

So here is what I added to schedule():

/*
* Default process to select..
*/
next = idle_task(this_cpu);
c = -1000;
list_for_each(tmp, &runqueue_head) {
p = list_entry(tmp, struct task_struct, run_list);
if (can_schedule(p, this_cpu)) {
int weight = goodness(p, this_cpu, prev->active_mm);
if (weight > c)
c = weight, next = p;
}
}


// This is what I added:

if((c > 2) && (c < CUTOFF_PRIORITY)) {
//printk("LOW PRIORITY PROCESS (%d)\n", c);
next = idle_task(this_cpu);
}


// End

/* Do we need to re-calculate counters? */
if (unlikely(!c))
...
...
...


The problem is that once the idle_task is forced to run, no other tasks
can be scheduled again, and the system hangs, even if there is another
high priority task running. And if I uncomment the printk statement, the
message is printed repeatly.

So the question is, how do I do this properly so that high priority tasks
can still run?

btw, the kernel version is 2.4.21

Thanks

Feng


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