[Xenomai] non-blocking rt_task_suspend(NULL)

Petr Cervenka grugh at centrum.cz
Wed Apr 16 16:20:34 CEST 2014

> Od: Gilles Chanteperdrix <gilles.chanteperdrix at xenomai.org>
> CC: "Xenomai" <xenomai at xenomai.org>
>On 04/16/2014 02:22 PM, Petr Cervenka wrote:
>>> Od: Gilles Chanteperdrix <gilles.chanteperdrix at xenomai.org>
>>> CC: "Xenomai" <xenomai at xenomai.org> On 04/15/2014 02:42 PM, Petr
>>> Cervenka wrote:
>>>> Hello I have a problem with the rt_task_suspend(NULL) call. I'm
>>>> using it for synchronization of two (producer / consumer like)
>>>> tasks. 1) When the consumer task has no work to do, it stops
>>>> itself by calling of the rt_task_suspend(NULL). 2) When the
>>>> producer creates new work for consumer, it wakes it up by calling
>>>> of rt_task_resume(&consumerTask). The problem is, that consumer
>>>> seldom switches to a state, that it sleeps by rt_task_suspend no
>>>> more. And the task then takes all the CPU time. The return code
>>>> is 0. But I already have seen couple of -4 (-EINTR) values in the
>>>> past also. Consumer task status was 00300380 before and 00300184
>>>> (if there is small safety sleep present). I can use for example
>>>> RT_EVENT variable instead, but I'm curious if you by chance don't
>>>> know, what is happening? Xenomai 2.6.3, Linux 3.5.7
>>> Could you post the example of code you are using to get this
>>> issue?
>> It's and application with many threads, mutexes and others. It's also
>> special measuring HW dependent. I can post here some simplified
>> example. But I don't think it would be possible to reproduce the same
>> behavior easily. It happens in my configuration only probably once
>> per day and very unpredictably. But I have more details. I replaced
>> rt_task_suspend / rt_task_resume by rt_event_wait / rt_event_signal.
>> It failed similar way, but this time the result of wait was -4
>> (-EINTR). And (after several millions of invocations) it recovered
>> itself.
>-EINTR is a valid return value for both rt_event_wait and 
>rt_task_suspend. In case you get this error, you should loop to call 
>rt_event_wait again, and not call rt_event_clear, as you risk clearing 
>an event which has been signaled afterwards.
You are right. It was just very quick replace of waiting and waking-up functions. But I'm checking the "work queue" anyway and it also doesn't need exact timing here. My problem it that the slow consumer task seems to be "interrupted by signal" (or whatever) for several minutes. I mean, that it doesn't wait for the event anymore and it always returns immediately (with -EINTR return code). I also already got one such situation half an hour ago. But the return code was 0 that time. Could you give me some advice what to check when such situation happens again?


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