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    SubjectRe: [linux-pm] Re: [PATCH/rfc] schedule /sys/device/.../power for removal
    On Friday 12 May 2006 3:11 am, Andrew Morton wrote:
    > What will be impacted by this?

    Driver suspend/resume testing ... impact is strongly negative.

    Without this interface, there is NO way to test individual drivers for
    correct handling of suspend/resume calls; the only way to test drivers
    is to suspend/resume the whole system, along with all other drivers in
    the system. Which means that ALL the drivers must work sanely before
    tests for any one of them can succeed ... a losing model when you're
    testing PM on new platforms.

    Which IMO makes removing this a Bad Thing. It needs to have some
    kind of replacement in place before the "magic numbers" go away.

    (The magic numbers are bad, and should go away -- yes. Nobody has
    really shown that userspace needs this mechanism for any purpose
    other than driver testing. Userspace device-specific power management
    tools would need knowledge that's not yet exposed though sysfs.)

    I think both Patrick Mochel and Alan Stern have sent patches at
    various times to let individual drivers provide a list of named
    states they support, In some cases (like PCI) those lists could
    be delegated to bus-specific code.

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