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SubjectRe: Problem with set_current_state() and schedule()
Peter Teoh wrote:

> I am puzzled over this:
>
> The module just consist of three function:
>
> static int myfunction(void)
> {
> dbg("%s - enter....", __FUNCTION__);
>
> while (!kthread_should_stop()) {
> dbg("%s - executing....", __FUNCTION__);
> set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
> printk("sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss\n");
>
>
> schedule(); ======> ////// removed for part 2
> printk("sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss\n");======>//////
> removed for part 2
>
>
> msleep(1000);
> schedule();
> }
> return 0;
> dbg("%s exit", __FUNCTION__);
> ...
>
> For part 1:
>
> After printing one line, the program never seemed to continue anymore.
> why? It got stuck in the first schedule().
>
You set the state of your task to TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE, that is, not valid
to run and then call scheduler to give control to some other task. You
don't include any code that actually sets the task state back to
TASK_RUNNING, that is legible for scheduling so the schedule will never
enter your task again. It effectively sleeps for ever.

You either need to use schedule_timeout with some delay or have some
other means to set your task state back to TASK_RUNNING or better yet,
use wait_event and friends and don't call schedule() directly.

> For part 2:
>
> Just remove the "remove for part 2". And u can immediately see that
> it starts to loop forever. So effectively there is only one
> schedule() in the while loop.
>

> Why?
>
Thats' because msleep() changes your task state to TASK_RUNNING when it
finishes sleeping, so you're calling the scheduler with a TASK_RUNNING
state and it will schedule your task back sometime (perhaps even
immediately).
> I am quite puzzled......thanks in advance for the help. :-).
>
>
Go read chapter 7 of "Linux Device Drivers, Third Edition" :-)

Gilad


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