cvs commit: src/sys/arm/xscale/ixp425 ixp425_npe.c src/sys/dev/ipw if_ipw.c if_ipwvar.h src/sys/dev/isp isp_freebsd.h src/sys/dev/iwi if_iwi.c if_iwivar.h src/sys/dev/mxge if_mxge.c src/sys/kern subr_firmware.c src/sys/sys firmware.h src/sys/tools fw_stub.awk

Luigi Rizzo rizzo at
Wed Feb 21 18:27:04 UTC 2007

On Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 01:22:28PM -0500, Andrew Gallatin wrote:
> Luigi Rizzo writes:
>  > i am not sure i follow you here...
>  > Of course when you drop the lock you risk that the underlying
>  > data structure is manipulated (or in the worst case freed),
>  > but usually you can avoid this with something like
>  > 
>  > 	<while locked>
>  > 	sc->flags |= LEAVE_ME_ALONE
>  > 	UNLOCK
> Sorry, I hadn't noticed that iwi set a flag like that.  I was

not everywhere. i am sure that there are parts that are not protected.

> I just think it would be safer, and less hacky to be allowed to hold
> a driver mutex while potentially sleeping in the firmware code (and in

i am no expert here, but in some sense, the mutex argument to msleep
is there exactly for that reason. Maybe the problem is that sometimes
you need more than one mutex ?

In any case i think we should relabel the thread or potentially
interested people will miss the content being misled by the subject!


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