Re: [PATCH v3] softlockup: remove hung_task_check_count

From: Mandeep Baines
Date: Thu Jan 22 2009 - 22:24:24 EST

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM, Mandeep Singh Baines <msb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The unlock and lock could be removed and only compiled in if PREEMPT.
> If the number of tasks isn't bound, the lock might be held too long.

This is incorrect. The adding the lock and unlock will not make the
system more pre-emptive. To be more pre-emptive you'd want to check
need_resched() as often as possible.

> It would be kinda funny if hung_task caused a softlockup.

Again. This is incorrect. Rescheduling if need_resched() will prevent

Not sure what I was thinking this morning;)

However, I am happy with the patch. To give writers a chance, the lock
should held for bounded time. Holding the lock in khungtask (which is
running at low scheduler priority) could potentially be delaying
important work. The longer the lock is held, the bigger the priority
inversion problem.
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