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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] PM: Avoid losing wakeup events during suspend
On Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:23:38 -0400 (EDT)
Alan Stern <> wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Jun 2010, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:

> > > In what way is this better than suspend blockers?
> >
> > It doesn't add any new framework and it doesn't require the users of
> > pm_wakeup_event() to "unblock" suspend, so it is simpler. It also doesn't add
> > the user space interface that caused so much opposition to appear.
> Okay. A quick comparison shows that in your proposal:
> There's no need to register and unregister suspend blockers.
> But instead you create the equivalent of a suspend blocker
> inside every struct device.
> Drivers (or subsystems) don't have to activate suspend
> blockers. But instead they have to call pm_wakeup_event().
> Drivers don't have to deactivate suspend blockers. You don't
> have anything equivalent, and as a result your scheme is
> subject to the race described below.
> There are no userspace suspend blockers and no opportunistic
> suspend. Instead a power-manager process takes care of
> initiating or preventing suspends as needed.
> In short, you have eliminated the userspace part of the suspend blocker
> approach just as in some of the proposals posted earlier, and you have
> replaced the in-kernel suspend blockers with new data in struct device
> and a new PM API. On the whole, it doesn't seem very different from
> the in-kernel part of suspend blockers. The most notable difference is
> the name: pm_wake_event() vs. suspend_blocker_activate(), or whatever
> it ended up being called.
> This is the race I was talking about:
> > > What happens if an event arrives just before you read
> > > /sys/power/wakeup_count, but the userspace consumer doesn't realize
> > > there is a new unprocessed event until after the power manager checks
> > > it?
> > I think this is not the kernel's problem. In this approach the kernel makes it
> > possible for the user space to avoid the race. Whether or not the user space
> > will use this opportunity is a different matter.
> It is _not_ possible for userspace to avoid this race. Help from the
> kernel is needed.

It is possible if every (relevant) userspace program implements a
callback for the powermanager to check if one of it's wakeup-sources
got activated.

That way the powermanager would read /sys/power/wakeup_count, then do
the roundtrip to all it's registered users and only then suspend.

This turns the suspend_blockers concept around. Instead of actively
signaling the suspend_blockers, the userspace programs only answer
"yes/no" when asked. (i.e. polling?)

You _can not_ implement userspace suspend blockers with this approach,
as it is vital for every userspace program to get scheduled and check
it's wakeup-source (if even possible) before you know that the right
parties have won the race.


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