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SubjectRe: Hibernation considerations
On Tue, 17 Jul 2007, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard wrote:

> writes:
> [snip]
>>> How do you guarantee that no tasks are scheduled when you get back to the
>>> hibernated kernel?
>> just don't schedule any userspace tasks. all you need to do is to execute the
>> ACPI sleep functions. you normally do that after stopping userspace
>> anyway.
> What does "stopping userspace" mean? You already said it does not mean
> disabling interrupts. But using the freezer is also not an option,
> since the avoidance of that is the main reason for the kexec approach in
> the first place.

just don't schedule any non-kernel threads.

remember that the normal shutdown/suspend procedure is (from another
related thread)

> >>sys_reboot(LINUX_REBOOT_CMD_KEXEC)
> >> kernel_kexec
> >> kernel_restart_prepare
> >> device_shutdown
> >> machine_shutdown
> >> machine_kexec

I'm just saying that instead of going back to the normal operation of the
kernel you just go directly to the new shutdown routine instead.

> [snip]
>>> Well, not exactly. If your battery runs out of power while you're suspended,
>>> but you have the image saved, it's still better to restore from the image,
>> even
>>> if something may not work correctly after the restore, than to risk a loss of
>>> data.
>> if things don't work correctly you are still risking the loss of data, the user
>> just doesn't know it.
> It should be possible on any system to do a hibernate followed by a
> shutdown (and then resume properly, without any problems). Thus, for
> handling suspend to both, you resume as if the system had been shutdown,
> rather than resuming as if the system came from S4.

I agree with this, but according to Rafael if the "hibernated" image is
assuming that the devices were put into low-power mode by ACPI and you
boot up instead the system doesn't work right.

David Lang
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