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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/6] ACPI/EC: Cleanup QR_SC command processing by adding a kernel thread to poll EC events.
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On Thursday, November 13, 2014 02:31:08 AM Zheng, Lv wrote:
> Hi, Rafael
>
> > From: Rafael J. Wysocki [mailto:rjw@rjwysocki.net]
> > Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:17 AM

[cut]

> > > +
> > > +static int ec_create_event_poller(struct acpi_ec *ec)
> > > +{
> > > + struct task_struct *t;
> > > +
> > > + t = kthread_run(acpi_ec_event_poller, ec, "ec/gpe-%lu", ec->gpe);
> >
> > Does it have to be a kernel thread?
> >
> > What about using a workqueue instead?
>
> Actually I just want to use threaded IRQ here in response to Andi Kleen's comment.
> If acpi_irq is registered as threaded IRQ, then acpi_ec_event_poller() will be the
> callback from it.

How so?

> Since ACPICA is not ready for threaded IRQ currently, we cannot proceed at this point.
> So I copied the threaded IRQ code from kernel/irq/manage.c here to prepare threaded IRQ logics.

Oh dear, no.

This isn't the way forward here.

> Using a separate work queue, we didn't decrease the kernel thread count.

Why does that matter at all?

> And the code written for the work item cannot be derived when things are
> switched to the threaded IRQ.
> So I used kthread here.

Please use a workqueue instead. If/when we need to switch over to threaded
IRQs, we'll do the work then. For now, let's not complicate things more
than necessary.

Rafael



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