Re: [HW_RNG] How to use generic rng in kernel space

From: Alan Cox
Date: Tue Aug 01 2006 - 09:08:42 EST

Ar Maw, 2006-08-01 am 12:09 +0000, ysgrifennodd moreau francis:
> Another question about the implementation. If O_NONBLOCK
> flag is passed when opening /dev/hw_random, how does the
> read method ensure that the caller won't sleep since it calls
> mutex_lock_interruptible() function unconditiannaly ? I must
> miss something but don't know what...

O_NONBLOCK doesn't necessarily imply "never sleep", it implies "don't
sleep waiting for an event/long time". So where the mutex is just
serializing access to hardware that will be very brief it is fine not to

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