I want to sleep while holding a mutex

Chan Kim ckim at etri.re.kr
Fri Jun 5 08:30:02 EDT 2015

I need to write to and read from a Ethernet chip's FIFO and for that I want to use DMA controller. So I modified an existing driver and made the process to sleep using wait_event_interruptible after triggering DMA transfer and made it woken up by ISR using wake_up_interruptible. My problem is that the original driver was using spinlock to protect the FIFO access. But as all know, while holding spinlock, I should not sleep. So I tried replacing spinlock with mutex. (Because, I might sleep while acquiring the mutex, and after getting the mutex, I'll sleep again after DMA trigger. I get woken up by the ISR, and I'll release the mutex. No problem! I thought. ) But I still get this 'scheduling while atomic BUG'. The question is : I need to go to sleep until DMA completion while holding a lock (for FIFO read and write). Isn't it ok to sleep while holding a mutex?
Best regards,
Chan Kim

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