On Mon, Dec 23, 2002 at 07:17:48PM +0100, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Acpi seems to create short-lived kernel threads, and I don't quite
> understand why.
> In thermal.c
> tz->timer.data = (unsigned long) tz;
> tz->timer.function = acpi_thermal_run;
> tz->timer.expires = jiffies + (HZ * sleep_time) / 1000;
> and acpi_thermal_run creates kernel therad that runs
> acpi_thermal_check. Why is not acpi_thermal_check called directly? I
> don't like idea of thread being created every time thermal zone needs
> to be polled...
This is the standard way to get process context [i.e. somewhere where
you can sleep]. The new delayed-work workqueue code in 2.5.x does
something almost exactly like that under the covers.
That said, it sounds like you found something to fix in ACPI:
In 2.4.x ACPI, it should be using schedule_task(), and in 2.5.x it should
be using schedule_work(), if this is truly the intention of the ACPI
There shouldn't be much reason to continually spawn single-run threads
when there is already an API for doing so.