Commit 498d0c57 authored by Andrew Morton's avatar Andrew Morton Committed by Linus Torvalds
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[PATCH] set_current_state() commentary



Explain the mysteries of set_current_state().

Quoth Linus:

 The scheduler itself never needs the memory barrier at all.

 The barrier is needed only if the user itself ends up testing some other
 thing afterwards, ie if you have

 	set_process_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
 	if (still_need_to_sleep())
 		schedule();

 then the "still_need_to_sleep()" thing may test flags and wakeup events,
 and then you _may_ want to (and often do) make sure that the write of
 TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE is serialized wrt the reads of any wakeup data (since
 the wakeup may have happened on another CPU).

 So the comment is somewhat wrong. We don't really _care_ whether the state
 propagates out to other CPU's since all of our actions are purely local,
 and there is nothing we do that is conditional on any other CPU: we're
 going to sleep unconditionally, and the scheduler only cares about _our_
 state, not about somebody elses state.
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
parent 921717a2
......@@ -121,6 +121,17 @@ extern unsigned long nr_iowait(void);
#define set_task_state(tsk, state_value) \
set_mb((tsk)->state, (state_value))
/*
* set_current_state() includes a barrier so that the write of current->state
* is correctly serialised wrt the caller's subsequent test of whether to
* actually sleep:
*
* set_current_state(TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE);
* if (do_i_need_to_sleep())
* schedule();
*
* If the caller does not need such serialisation then use __set_current_state()
*/
#define __set_current_state(state_value) \
do { current->state = (state_value); } while (0)
#define set_current_state(state_value) \
......
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