Ravi Murty ravi.murty at
Sun Dec 14 21:03:19 PST 2008

Hello All,

The implementation of critical_enter and critical_exit changed between
freebsd 5 and freebsd 6. In the newer implemtnation, the code checks if
td_critnest is 1 and if it is sets it to zero, then checks if the thread
owes a preempt. If so, it increments td_critnest by 1 before grabbing a lock
and then decrements it back to zero. I can't figure out why it does this.
The freebsd 5 implementation seems straightforward where we check if the
thread owes a preempt and if so we switch to the new thread. Can anyone help
me with this?


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