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SLEEP(9)		 BSD Kernel Developer's Manual		      SLEEP(9)

     msleep, msleep_spin, pause, tsleep, wakeup — wait for events

     #include <sys/param.h>
     #include <sys/systm.h>
     #include <sys/proc.h>

     msleep(void *chan, struct mtx *mtx, int priority, const char *wmesg,
	 int timo);

     msleep_spin(void *chan, struct mtx *mtx, const char *wmesg, int timo);

     pause(const char *wmesg, int timo);

     tsleep(void *chan, int priority, const char *wmesg, int timo);

     wakeup(void *chan);

     wakeup_one(void *chan);

     The functions tsleep(), msleep(), msleep_spin(), pause(), wakeup(), and
     wakeup_one() handle event-based thread blocking.  If a thread must wait
     for an external event, it is put to sleep by tsleep(), msleep(),
     msleep_spin(), or pause().	 Threads may also wait using one of the lock‐
     ing primitive sleep routines mtx_sleep(9), rw_sleep(9), or sx_sleep(9).

     The parameter chan is an arbitrary address that uniquely identifies the
     event on which the thread is being put to sleep.  All threads sleeping on
     a single chan are woken up later by wakeup(), often called from inside an
     interrupt routine, to indicate that the resource the thread was blocking
     on is available now.

     The parameter priority specifies a new priority for the thread as well as
     some optional flags.  If the new priority is not 0, then the thread will
     be made runnable with the specified priority when it resumes.  PZERO
     should never be used, as it is for compatibility only.  A new priority of
     0 means to use the thread's current priority when it is made runnable

     If priority includes the PCATCH flag, signals are checked before and
     after sleeping, otherwise signals are not checked.	 If PCATCH is set and
     a signal needs to be delivered, ERESTART is returned if the current sys‐
     tem call should be restarted if possible, and EINTR is returned if the
     system call should be interrupted by the signal (return EINTR).  If PBDRY
     flag is specified in addition to PCATCH, then the sleeping thread is not
     stopped while sleeping upon delivery of SIGSTOP or other stop action.
     Instead, it is waken up, assuming that stop occurs on reaching a stop
     point when returning to usermode.	The flag should be used when sleeping
     thread owns resources, for instance vnode locks, that should be freed

     The parameter wmesg is a string describing the sleep condition for tools
     like ps(1).  Due to the limited space of those programs to display arbi‐
     trary strings, this message should not be longer than 6 characters.

     The parameter timo specifies a timeout for the sleep.  If timo is not 0,
     then the thread will sleep for at most timo / hz seconds.	If the timeout
     expires, then the sleep function will return EWOULDBLOCK.

     Several of the sleep functions including msleep(), msleep_spin(), and the
     locking primitive sleep routines specify an additional lock parameter.
     The lock will be released before sleeping and reacquired before the sleep
     routine returns.  If priority includes the PDROP flag, then the lock will
     not be reacquired before returning.  The lock is used to ensure that a
     condition can be checked atomically, and that the current thread can be
     suspended without missing a change to the condition, or an associated
     wakeup.  In addition, all of the sleep routines will fully drop the Giant
     mutex (even if recursed) while the thread is suspended and will reacquire
     the Giant mutex before the function returns.  Note that the Giant mutex
     may be specified as the lock to drop.  In that case, however, the PDROP
     flag is not allowed.

     To avoid lost wakeups, either a lock should be used to protect against
     races, or a timeout should be specified to place an upper bound on the
     delay due to a lost wakeup.  As a result, the tsleep() function should
     only be invoked with a timeout of 0 when the Giant mutex is held.

     The msleep() function requires that mtx reference a default, i.e. non-
     spin, mutex.  Its use is deprecated in favor of mtx_sleep(9) which pro‐
     vides identical behavior.

     The msleep_spin() function requires that mtx reference a spin mutex.  The
     msleep_spin() function does not accept a priority parameter and thus does
     not support changing the current thread's priority, the PDROP flag, or
     catching signals via the PCATCH flag.

     The pause() function is a wrapper around tsleep() that suspends execution
     of the current thread for the indicated timeout.  The thread can not be
     awakened early by signals or calls to wakeup() or wakeup_one().

     The wakeup_one() function makes the first thread in the queue that is
     sleeping on the parameter chan runnable.  This reduces the load when a
     large number of threads are sleeping on the same address, but only one of
     them can actually do any useful work when made runnable.

     Due to the way it works, the wakeup_one() function requires that only
     related threads sleep on a specific chan address.	It is the programmer's
     responsibility to choose a unique chan value.  The older wakeup() func‐
     tion did not require this, though it was never good practice for threads
     to share a chan value.  When converting from wakeup() to wakeup_one(),
     pay particular attention to ensure that no other threads wait on the same

     If the thread is awakened by a call to wakeup() or wakeup_one(), the
     msleep(), msleep_spin(), tsleep(), and locking primitive sleep functions
     return 0.	Otherwise, a non-zero error code is returned.

     msleep(), msleep_spin(), tsleep(), and the locking primitive sleep func‐
     tions will fail if:

     [EINTR]		The PCATCH flag was specified, a signal was caught,
			and the system call should be interrupted.

     [ERESTART]		The PCATCH flag was specified, a signal was caught,
			and the system call should be restarted.

     [EWOULDBLOCK]	A non-zero timeout was specified and the timeout

     ps(1), locking(9), malloc(9), mi_switch(9), mtx_sleep(9), rw_sleep(9),

     The functions sleep() and wakeup() were present in Version 1 AT&T UNIX.
     They were probably also present in the preceding PDP-7 version of UNIX.
     They were the basic process synchronization model.

     The tsleep() function appeared in 4.4BSD and added the parameters wmesg
     and timo.	The sleep() function was removed in FreeBSD 2.2.  The
     wakeup_one() function appeared in FreeBSD 2.2.  The msleep() function
     appeared in FreeBSD 5.0, and the msleep_spin() function appeared in
     FreeBSD 6.2.  The pause() function appeared in FreeBSD 7.0.

     This manual page was written by Jörg Wunsch ⟨joerg@FreeBSD.org⟩.

BSD			       December 12, 2009			   BSD

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