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Date:	Sat, 22 Sep 2007 01:41:17 -0700 (PDT)
From:	Matti Linnanvuori <mattilinnanvuori@...oo.com>
To:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: [PATCH] include/linux/mutex.h: unclear reference to convention

From: Matti Linnanvuori <mattilinnanvuori@...oo.com>

Reference to two different conventions is unnecessarily unclear unless you know them already and requires seeking and reading another file for understanding.

Signed-off-by: Matti Linnanvuori <mattilinnanvuori@...oo.com>
---

--- linux-2.6.23-rc7/include/linux/mutex.h    2007-09-22 11:09:42.223763000 +0300
+++ linux-2.6.23/include/linux/mutex.h    2007-09-22 11:11:19.416761000 +0300
@@ -132,9 +132,19 @@ extern int __must_check mutex_lock_inter
 # define mutex_lock_interruptible_nested(lock, subclass) mutex_lock_interruptible(lock)
 #endif
 
-/*
- * NOTE: mutex_trylock() follows the spin_trylock() convention,
- *       not the down_trylock() convention!
+/***
+ * mutex_trylock - try acquire the mutex, without waiting
+ * @lock: the mutex to be acquired
+ *
+ * Try to acquire the mutex atomically. Returns 1 if the mutex
+ * has been acquired successfully, and 0 on contention.
+ *
+ * NOTE: this function follows the spin_trylock() convention, so
+ * it is negated to the down_trylock() return values! Be careful
+ * about this when converting semaphore users to mutexes.
+ *
+ * This function must not be used in interrupt context. The
+ * mutex must be released by the same task that acquired it.
  */
 extern int fastcall mutex_trylock(struct mutex *lock);
 extern void fastcall mutex_unlock(struct mutex *lock);





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