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SubjectRe: [linux-pm] Re: [PATCH] Remove process freezer from suspend to RAM pathway
On Tuesday, 3 July 2007 16:21, Johannes Berg wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-07-03 at 14:56 +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > Still, can you please read this post from Alan Stern:
> >
> >
> >
> > ? I don't think I'm able to repeat the arguments given in there in a
> > convincing way.
> As I read it, Alan basically has two objections:
> (1) drivers shouldn't need to worry about this
> (2) suspend should be transparent to userspace
> His proposed solution (freezing tasks when they cross the kernel
> boundary) helps for the s-t-r case, but in fact doesn't solve (1)
> because devices can be suspended at runtime

This is a different thing and a different infrastructure is needed for it (not
present at the moment).

> and then you certainly do not want to freeze tasks that try to access the
> device.
> (2) is related but not identical, what if you have a device suspended at
> runtime and some tasks tries to access it; should the task block until
> you wake up that device?

I think the device should be woken up in that case.

> I think the core of the discussion isn't appreciated by everybody here
> yet---we need to solve both run-time and suspend-to-ram-time device
> suspend, not just one of them.

For now, we're discussing the suspend-to-ram-time suspend only, for which
we have (some) infrastrcuture (and which should be supported by all drivers,


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