Philippe Gerum wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-09-29 at 19:50 +0200, Gilles Chanteperdrix wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> During my flights and connections, I had a thought about this primary
>> mode signals issue.
>>
>> Since the needs in term of primary mode signals greatly depends on what
>> the skins want to do with it (native wants hooks, posix wants posix
>> conformant signals), I think as much work as possible should be done in
>> the nucleus and skins implementation, not in the I-pipe (as usual). So,
>> I propose to:
>> 1- add an I-pipe SIGNAL_PENDING event
>> 2- add a bit somewhere in the task_struct or thread_info stuctures
>> indicating that signals are pending
>> 3- add a service to mark the bit, like:
>> int ipipe_mark_signal_pending(struct task_struct *task);
>> 4- in entry.S, when going back to user-space, test and clear the bit is
>> set, and if it was set, trigger the event
>> 5- implement services allowing to run a callback with some cookie when
>> returning to user-space, we may also need to be able to push on stack
>> some arguments that should be passed to the callback, (we need this
>> service internally anyway to push the pt_regs structure on stack, so
>> that the calling context can be restored after execution of the
>> callback, and we need a little help from user-space for this
>> restoration, probably in bind.h).
> 
> What bothers me is that we would duplicate what the kernel does in
> do_signal() for most architectures, and go through many hops from the
> actual signal notification to the execution of the handler. What about
> delaying the logic a bit: pass userland a signal-pending information on
> its way back from a syscall, to be detected by the XENOMAI_SYSCALL code
> instead. If that notification flag is raised, the required information
> to run the user-space handler would have been made available by the
> nucleus as well, so that XENOMAI_SYSCALL would just have to act as a
> trampoline to that handler.

It will not work if the signals interrupt a task which is using the CPU
without syscalls. With mutexes in user-space, a lot may happen in
user-space without syscalls.

-- 
                                          Gilles


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