xmms skips during I/O should have nothing to do with preemption.
As Alan noted for the ring of dma fragments to expire you need a
scheduler latency of the order of seconds, now (assuming the ll points
in read/write paths) when we've bad latencies under writes it's of the
order of 10msec and it can be turned down further by putting preemption
checks in the buffer lru lists write paths.
The reason xmms skips I believe is because the vm is doing write
throttling. I've at least one idea on how to fix it but it has nothing
to do with preemption in the VM or whatever else scheduler related
So I wouldn't expect to fix any playback skips where buffering is
possible by using the preemptive patch etc.. It's nearly impossible that
it makes any difference.
The preemptive patch can matter only if you're doing real time signal
processing where any kind of buffering isn't possible.
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