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Date:	Fri, 27 Jul 2007 22:28:01 +0200
From:	Michael Buesch <>
To:	Andrew Morton <>
Cc:	"linux-kernel" <>,,,,
	Gary Zambrano <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Merge the Sonics Silicon Backplane subsystem

On Friday 27 July 2007 22:12:49 Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 27 Jul 2007 21:43:59 +0200
> Michael Buesch <> wrote:
> > > Sure, but why is the locking interruptible rather than plain old
> > > mutex_lock()?
> > 
> > Hm, well. We hold this mutex for several seconds, as writing takes
> > this long. So I simply thought it was worth allowing the waiter
> > to interrupt here. If you say that's not an issue, I'll be happy
> > to use mutex_lock() and reduce code complexity in this area.
> So..  is that what the _interruptible() is for?  To allow an impatient user to ^c
> a read?

Yeah, I thought so.

> If so, that sounds reasonable.  It's worth a comment explaining these decisions
> to future readers, because it is hard to work out this sort of thinking just
> from the bare C code.

Ok, no problem.

Greetings Michael.
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