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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH -mm] Freezer: Handle uninterruptible tasks
On Mon, 9 Jul 2007, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard wrote:

> Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz> writes:
>
> [snip]
>
> > 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?
>
> Any operation at all that has an external effect must not occur after
> the snapshot is made; otherwise, there will be random hard-to-find
> corruptions and other problems occurring as a result. Thus, for
> example, any writes (either directly or indirectly through e.g. a
> filesystem) to non-volatile storage, any network traffic, any
> communication with hardware like a printer must be prevented after the
> snapshot.

You have forgotten one critical point: The writes to save the snapshot
image must be allowed. That's what makes it really hard.

Alan Stern

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