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SubjectRe: How to check whether executing in atomic context?
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On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 2:21 AM, Leonidas . <leonidas137@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:36 PM, Leonidas . <leonidas137@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi List,
>>
>> I am working on a profiler kind of module, the exported apis of my
>> module can be
>> called from process context and interrupt context as well. Depending on the
>> context I am called in, I need to call sleepable/nonsleepable variants
>> of my internal
>> bookkeeping functions.
>>
>> I am aware of in_interrupt() call which can be used to check current
>> context and take action
>> accordingly.
>>
>> Is there any api which can help figure out whether we are executing
>> while hold a spinlock? I.e
>> an api which can help figure out sleepable/nonsleepable context? If it
>> is not there, what can
>> be done for writing the same? Any pointers will be helpful.
>>
>> -Leo.
>>
>
>  While searching through the sources, I found this,
>
>  97/*
>  98 * Are we running in atomic context?  WARNING: this macro cannot
>  99 * always detect atomic context; in particular, it cannot know about
>  100 * held spinlocks in non-preemptible kernels.  Thus it should not be
>  101 * used in the general case to determine whether sleeping is possible.
>  102 * Do not use in_atomic() in driver code.
>  103 */
>  104#define in_atomic()     ((preempt_count() & ~PREEMPT_ACTIVE) !=
> PREEMPT_INATOMIC_BASE)
>  105
>
> this just complicates the matter, right? This does not work in general
> case but I think this
> will always work if the kernel is preemptible.
>
> Is there no way to write a generic macro?
>
>
> -Leo.
>

Just saw this:

http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.wireless.general/12716

Looks like, there is no way to figure out that.


-Leo.
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