Re: [PATCH 2/2] irq: Cleanup context state transitions in irq_exit()

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sat Feb 23 2013 - 14:24:31 EST

On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM, Frederic Weisbecker
<fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> But tick_nohz_irq_exit() may trigger the timer softirq itself.

Suggestion: merge it with the whole softirq handler.

The softirq code *already* knows about the whole "oops, one softirq
may trigger another" issue, and has a loop - with protection against
excess - for exactly this reason. See the whole "goto restart" thing.

And tick_nohz_irq_exit() really has very similar semantics to
softiq's, it's just "CPU is idle and no pending reschedule" instead of
a softirq. But the basic rules are the same ("only run this at the
top-level context when exiting the last irq").

So maybe the right thing to do is move the whole "goto restart" one
level up, and do softirq's and tick_nohz_irq_exit both inside that

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