mpslsi0 : Trying sleep, but thread marked as sleeping prohibited

Ed Schouten ed at
Thu Feb 23 09:46:14 UTC 2012

Hi Kashyap,

* Desai, Kashyap <Kashyap.Desai at>, 20120222 18:51:
> Adding Ed Schouten and Jorg Wunsch  as I see there are author of
> msleep/mtx related APIs.

Am I? :-)

> 1. When any irq is register with FreeBSD OS, it sets " TDP_NOSLEEPING"
> pflag. It means though irq in freebsd is treated as thread,
> We cannot sleep in IRQ because of " "TDP_NOSLEEPING " set.
> 2. In mps driver we have below code snippet in ISR routine.
>     mps_dprint(sc, MPS_TRACE, "%s\n", __func__);
>     mps_lock(sc);
>     mps_intr_locked(data);
>     mps_unlock(sc);
> I wonder why there is no issue with above code ? Theoretical we cannot
> sleep in ISR. (as explained in #1)
> Any thoughts ?

The TDP_NOSLEEPING flag only disallows sleeping of an indeterminate
amount of time. Locking a mutex is allowed, as it can only cause the
thread to be blocked for a small amount of time, waiting for another
thread to unlock it.

> 3. I recently added few place msleep() instead of DELAY in ISR context
> and I see
> " Trying sleep, but thread marked as sleeping prohibited".

Which makes sense, as msleep() can be used to sleep for indefinitely.

 Ed Schouten <ed at>
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