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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH -mm] Freezer: Handle uninterruptible tasks
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On Sunday, 8 July 2007 14:09, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
>
> > > And then you will face the problem of a user task doing I/O during
> > > hibernate after the atomic snapshot has been made.
> >
> > I don't think that this is possible in normal conditions. It would be possible
> > if, for example, the task were waiting for an unavailable resource and that
> > resource became available after the hibernation image had been created.
> > In that case, however, to do any damage, the task would have to cause some
> > filesystem-related data to be flushed in the same syscall (ie. before returning
> > to user space).
>
> I agree that it is relatively unlikely to trigger (if you avoid
> freezing the tasks that were uninterruptible for long), but it will
> trigger in error cases etc.

Yes, it will.

> > Such situations may be prevented by a mechanizm detecting if any uniterruptible
> > and freezing task has been woken up after creating the image and aborting the
> > hibernation in that cases. For this purpose, we only need to add an
> > appropriate condition to try_to_wake_up() and make it start to trigger after,
> > for example, enabling the nonboot CPUs.
>
> I don't know how to do that mechanism... but if we knew where to trap
> filesystem writes, we could simply freeze at that point, and at that
> point only, no?

From the image/filesystems integrity standpoint, yes, that should be
sufficient.

Greetings,
Rafael


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