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SubjectRe: kmalloc without GFP_xxx?
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On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 09:44 -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
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> On Wed, 29 Jun 2005, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > >
> > > but it sets irqs_disabled() IIRC.
> >
> > only spin_lock_irq() and co do.
> > not the simple spin_lock()
> >
>
> It may be dangerous to use spin_lock with interrupts enabled, since you
> have to make sure that no interrupt ever grabs that lock. Although I do
> recall seeing a few locks like this. But even so, you can transfer the
> latency of the interrupts going off while holding that lock to another CPU
> which IMHO is a bad thing. Also a simple spin_lock would disable
> preemption with CONFIG_PREEMPT set and that would make in_atomic fail.
> But to implement a kmalloc_auto you would always need to have a preempt
> count.

There are cases where using spin_lock instead of _irqsave version is a
matter of correctness. For example, the page table lock beeing always
taking without _irq is important to let the IPIs flow.

Ben.


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