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Re: 2.4 preempt kernel patch

Subject: Re: 2.4 preempt kernel patch
From: Atsushi Nemoto <>
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 22:45:10 +0900 (JST)
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>>>>> On Fri, 28 May 2004 10:51:51 -0700, Jun Sun <> said:

>> Q1.  What is purpose of this block?  (To decrease latency?  But
>> other archs (and 2.6 MIPS kernel) do not have block like this...)

jsun> This is to check possible preemption at the end of (possibly
jsun> nested) interrupt handling.

jsun> All other arches and 2.6 MIPS are doing the same thing in .S
jsun> file (something like ret_from_irq path)

Oh, I found it in 2.6 MIPS kernel.  Thank you very much.

>> Q2.  If an interrupt happened between __sti() and __cli(), and the
>> interrupt handler raise softirq, the softirq handler will not be
>> called soon (because do_softirq() immediately return if preempt
>> disabled).  So we must check softirq_pending again after this
>> block?

jsun> do_softirq() does not (and should not) return when preemtpion is
jsun> disabled.  We should be fine here.

Sorry, it was my mistake.  I was misreading the in_interrupt()
code... (&& and ||).  Thank you.

Atsushi Nemoto

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