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MUTEX(9) Kernel Developer's Manual MUTEX(9)

NAME

mutex, mtx_init, mtx_enter, mtx_enter_try, mtx_leave, MUTEX_ASSERT_LOCKED, MUTEX_ASSERT_UNLOCKED, MUTEX_INITIALIZERinterface to CPU mutexes

SYNOPSIS

#include <sys/mutex.h>
void
mtx_init(struct mutex *mtxp, int wantipl);
void
mtx_enter(struct mutex *mtxp);
int
mtx_enter_try(struct mutex *mtxp);
void
mtx_leave(struct mutex *mtxp);
MUTEX_ASSERT_LOCKED(struct mutex *mtxp);
MUTEX_ASSERT_UNLOCKED(struct mutex *mtxp);
MUTEX_INITIALIZER(int wantipl);

DESCRIPTION

The mutex set of functions provides a non-recursive, interrupt-aware spinning mechanism to ensure mutual exclusion between different CPUs.
The mtx_init() function is used to initiate the mutex pointed to by mtxp. When acquired, the mutex will cause the processor interrupt level to be raised to wantipl if necessary.
The mtx_enter() function acquires a mutex, spinning if necessary.
The mtx_enter_try() function attempts to acquire a mutex.
The mtx_leave() function releases a mutex. In case the acquisition of the mutex caused the interrupt level to be changed, it is then restored.
The MUTEX_ASSERT_LOCKED() and MUTEX_ASSERT_UNLOCKED() macros may be used to assert that a mutex is held locked or unlocked by the current CPU.
A mutex declaration may be initialised with the MUTEX_INITIALIZER() macro. When acquired, the mutex will cause the processor interrupt level to be raised to wantipl if necessary.

CONTEXT

mtx_init() can be called during autoconf, from process context, or from interrupt context.
mtx_enter(), mtx_enter_try(), and mtx_leave() can be called during autoconf, from process context, or from any interrupt context at or below the interrupt level mtxp was initialised with.

RETURN VALUES

The mtx_enter_try() function will return non-zero if it succeeds in acquiring the mutex mtxp, otherwise it will return 0.

SEE ALSO

msleep(9), rwlock(9), spl(9)

HISTORY

The mutex functions first appeared in OpenBSD 3.6.

AUTHORS

The mutex functions were written by Artur Grabowski <art@openbsd.org>.

CAVEATS

As these are spinning locks, don't sleep while holding one.
Multiple mutexes may be nested, but not interleaved. This is okay:
mtx_enter(foo); 
mtx_enter(bar); 
mtx_leave(bar); 
mtx_leave(foo);
While this is not:
mtx_enter(foo); 
mtx_enter(bar); 
mtx_leave(foo); 
mtx_leave(bar);
June 19, 2016 OpenBSD-current