From: Matthew Wilcox <>

This section is mentioned in scripts/kernel-doc, so we should mention it
in doc-guide/kernel-doc.rst.  There are close to 500 comments using the
Context section already, and almost 300 using a Locking section which
fulfills much the same purpose (and should probably be converted for

Signed-off-by: Matthew Wilcox <>
 Documentation/doc-guide/kernel-doc.rst | 25 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 25 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/doc-guide/kernel-doc.rst 
index 722d4525f7cf..315b0ecc7a11 100644
--- a/Documentation/doc-guide/kernel-doc.rst
+++ b/Documentation/doc-guide/kernel-doc.rst
@@ -117,6 +117,7 @@ Example kernel-doc function comment::
    * Longer description of foobar.
+   * Context: Interrupt / locking context of foobar.
    * Return: Description of return value of foobar.
   int foobar(int argument1, char *argument2)
@@ -216,6 +217,9 @@ The general format of a function and function-like macro 
kernel-doc comment is::
    * The longer description may have multiple paragraphs.
+   * Context: Describes whether the function can sleep, what locks it takes,
+   *          releases, or expects to be held. It can extend over multiple
+   *          lines.
    * Return: Describe the return value of foobar.
    * The return value description can also have multiple paragraphs, and should
@@ -226,6 +230,24 @@ The brief description following the function name may span 
multiple lines, and
 ends with an argument description, a blank comment line, or the end of the
 comment block.
+Function context
+The context in which a function can be called should be described in a
+section named ``Context``. This should include whether the function
+sleeps or can be called from interrupt context, as well as what locks
+it takes, releases and expects to be held by its caller.
+  * Context: Any context.
+  * Context: Any context. Takes and releases the RCU lock.
+  * Context: Any context. Expects <lock> to be held by caller.
+  * Context: Process context. May sleep if @gfp flags permit.
+  * Context: Process context. Takes and releases <mutex>.
+  * Context: Softirq or process context. Takes and releases <lock>, BH-safe.
+  * Context: Interrupt context.
 Return values
@@ -347,6 +369,9 @@ Typedefs with function prototypes can also be documented::
    * @arg2: description of arg2
    * Description of the type.
+   *
+   * Context: Locking context.
+   * Return: Meaning of the return value.
    typedef void (*type_name)(struct v4l2_ctrl *arg1, void *arg2);

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