cancel_delayed_work and its use of del_timer_sync

From: Dmitry Torokhov
Date: Mon Aug 24 2009 - 02:19:31 EST

Hi Oleg,

I noticed that you went back and forth on using del_timer() vs.
del_timer_sync() in cancel_delayed_work(), finally settling on using
del_timer_sync(). I must say that the fact that cancel_delayed_work()
might sleep (given that there exists cancel_delayed_work_sync) catches a
few drivers writers by surprise. Moreover it makes delayed works
unsuitable in cases when we do want to cancel (so we can reschedule)
work in an interrupt context.

My question is if sleeping in cancel_delayed_work can be avoided or if
it is possible to have a reschedule_delayed_work() taht would do a
"soft" cancel and [re]submit the work. In the use cases I am concerned
about we don't really care if work is not reliably cancelled, we just
need to be able to schedule it earlier if it has already been scheduled
for execution in some point in the future.


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