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Date:	Mon, 09 Nov 2009 19:56:27 +0100
From:	Peter Zijlstra <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>
Cc:	Ingo Molnar <>,
	Linus Torvalds <>,
	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Linux Netdev List <>,
	linux kernel <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>
Subject: Re: [RFC,PATCH] mutex: mutex_is_owner() helper

On Wed, 2009-11-04 at 18:19 +0100, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> BTW, I was thinking of a mutex_yield() implementation, but could not
> cook it without hard thinking, maybe you already have some nice
> implementation ?

Why? Yield sets off alarm bells, since 99.9%, and possibly more, of its
uses are wrong.

> int mutex_yield(struct mutex *lock)
> {
>         int ret = 0;
>         if (mutex_needbreak(lock) || should_resched()) {
>                 mutex_unlock(lock); 
>                 __cond_resched();
>                 mutex_lock(lock);
>                 ret = 1;
>         }
>         return ret;
> } 

That reads like it should be called cond_resched_mutex(), except that
the should_resched() thing seems daft (but maybe it makes sense for
silly preemption modes like voluntary).

iirc we actually have something similar in -rt in order to implement the
lock-break for the rt-mutex based spinlocks, we set ->needbreak when a
higher priority task contends -- a policy for regular mutexes might be
'interesting' though.

As to your 'debug' helper that started this thread, doesn't
lockdep_assert_held() work for you?

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