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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 19:54:51 +0200 (IST)
From: Eli Zaretskii <eliz AT is DOT elta DOT co DOT il>
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To: Kalum Somaratna aka Grendel <kalum AT lintux DOT cx>
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Subject: Re: HARDWARE INTERRUPT HANDLING BY CWSDPMI
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On Mon, 10 Apr 2000, Kalum Somaratna aka Grendel wrote:

> > However, in this case, we have the opposite situation: the handler is
> > a real-mode one (a real-mode TSR), while the CPU stays in protected
> > mode most of the time because a DJGPP program runs in the foreground.
> > A real-mode handler worn't help here, since most DPMI servers will
> > call the protected-mode handler first, and only then reflect to the
> > real mode.
> 
> Would it be possible then for him to rewrite the 16-bit TSR as a
> protected mode TSR  with a real mode handler too..then wouldn't that avoid
> the problem...

That is possible, but not too easy: protected-mode TSRs are a pain, and 
also highly unportable (since most DPMI servers don't support the 
necessary functions, which are only part of DPMI 1.0 spec).

Note that in many cases, installing a protected-mode interrupt handler is 
all you need to avoid overhead: if the foreground program stays in 
protected mode most of the time, there's no reflection involved.  See 
section 18.11 of the FAQ for more details.

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