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SubjectRe: [linux-pm] Is it supposed to be ok to call del_gendisk while userspace is frozen?
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On Sunday 16 May 2010, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> Hi.
>
> On 16/05/10 06:30, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > On Saturday 15 May 2010, Alan Stern wrote:
> >> On Thu, 13 May 2010, Matt Reimer wrote:
> >>
> >>>> I don't see anything wrong with the patch itself, but I dislike the
> >>>> description. Devices can come and go from any hotpluggable bus, not
> >>>> just MMC/SD. That just happens to be the first place the problem was
> >>>> observed.
> >>>
> >>> Good point. How about this?
> >>>
> >>> Matt
> >>>
> >>> From 813bd223e5a2fa577b9e64ddf12654a93d0aab8b Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> >>> From: Matt Reimer<mreimer@sdgsystems.com>
> >>> Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 14:36:54 -0700
> >>> Subject: [PATCH] fs: prevent hang on suspend/resume when MMC/SD card present
> >>>
> >>> Devices can come and go bus during suspend or resume, when the
> >>> writeback thread is frozen, resulting in a hang. Prevent the hang
> >>> by thawing the writeback thread in del_gendisk().
> >>
> >> I would have said "the block layer's writeback thread", but this is
> >> okay.
> >
> > OK, so now I have a question who's going to take the patch.
>
> I object to the patch.
>
> Tell the patch it ought to exit once thawed, by all means.

I'm not sure what you mean. Care to explain?

> Make the patch unfreezeable to begin with, by all means.

That wouldn't work.

> But don't go down the path of having $random_code_path unfreeze a
> thread. That will lead to unpredictability, confusion and bugs.

As a general rule, I agree, but this particular case is somewhat special.

> If you know a disk is going to be unregistered during resume,

How do we check that, exactly?

> use the hooks early in the suspend / hibernate process to block new I/O and
> flush what's already there so that there's no need to block on the
> writeback thread, and/or no need to have the writeback thread frozen.

I'm not sure if that's realistic. Do you have a specific implementation in
mind?

Rafael


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