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SubjectRe: [RFD] swsusp problem: Drivers allocate much memory during suspend (was: Re: 2.6.21-rc5: swsusp: Not enough free memory)
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Hi.

On Sat, 2007-04-14 at 00:40 +0200, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
>
> > > > > > Well, it looks like someone allocated about 6000 pages after we had freed
> > > > > > enough memory for suspending.
> > > > >
> > > > > We have a tunable allowance in Suspend2 for this, because fglrx
> > > > > allocates a lot of pages in its suspend routine if DRI is enabled. I
> > > > > think some other drivers do too, but fglrx is the main one I know.
> > > >
> > > > I wasn't aware of that, thanks for the information.
> > > >
> > > > I think this means we'll probably need to add a tunable, similar to image_size,
> > > > that will allow the users to specify how much spare memory they want to reserve
> > > > for suspending (instead of the constant PAGES_FOR_IO). IMO we can call it
> > > > 'spare_memory'.
> > >
> > > Just increase PAGES_FOR_IO. This should not be tunable.
> >
> > Well, I'm not sure. First, we don't really know what the value of it should be
> > and this alone is a good enough reason for making it tunable, IMHO. Second, I
> > think different systems may need different PAGES_FOR_IO and taking just the
> > maximum (even if we learn how much that actually is) seems to be wasteful in
>
> Well, it is wasteful as in "we save slightly smaller image than we
> could". That's okay with me.

No. If the driver can't allocate the memory, your call to device_suspend
will fail. This isn't about image size but about success or failure to
hibernate.

Nigel

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