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SubjectRe: blink driver power saving
On Mon, 2 Jul 2007 01:59:50 +0200
Andi Kleen <> wrote:

> On Monday 02 July 2007 00:14, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > On Sun, 1 Jul 2007, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > What is so bad with it? Note it's a debugging facility and used
> > > for kcrash kernels where the video output doesn't work. But they
> > > normally only run a few minutes to dump the previous state to disk
> > > and then reboot.
> >
> > It has been a total disaster from beginning to end.
> >
> > It wastes power.
> Again:
> It's not intended for normal kernels. It's a debugging feature.
> It's not intended for normal kernels. It's a debugging feature.
> It's not intended for normal kernels. It's a debugging feature.

It can be generally useful. Until/unless we get proper screen support,
how do you know hang from panic? If you can talk to some other
device it would help.

> Got it now? Power wasting or not just doesn't matter for it.
> > It hangs machines when it tries to blink.
> Yes, there seem to be more buggy keyboard controllers
> around than I anticipated. Very sad that IBM couldn't even
> get such a simple thing right.
> Well only those that could be already hung from user space
> with setleds (that was also confirmed). Actually I thought
> they didn't hang completely, but just stopped reacting to
> the keyboard (which is actually pretty bad for every user
> to be able to trigger)
> I guess the better way to handle those would be to find out the
> minimum frequency of blinking that is still ok and rate limit it to that in
> the keyboard driver.
> Anyways, Stephen's patch just doesn't make sense:
> he clearly didn't understand the code at all. Before you
> apply it and cripple it better drop the driver completely.

The patch makes sense. You don't need to poll every jiffie to find
out if system has panic. But I agree with Linus, it is the kind
of patch that doesn't belong in the mainline kernel. Every developer
seems to have built up a set of crappy/fragile debug tools, but these
don't belong in the wild.

Stephen Hemminger <>
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