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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Remove process freezer from suspend to RAM pathway
On Tuesday, 3 July 2007 23:14, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > > - For STR, don't do the freezer thing.
> >
> > In the long run, I agree.
> >
> > 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.
> That's the same crackpot I've been hearing for the past 3 years or
> so ...
> Both Paulus and I think the freezer is just a way to try to put your
> head in the sand and ignore the problem. It causes as many problems as
> it solves on its own, and is just not a solution that will be of any use
> once you start implementing dynamic PM schemes etc...
> In many cases, having proper support for "live" suspend of devices is
> just a matter of having a couple of helpers in whatever subsystem those
> drivers hookup with. In the case of network, for example, it's mostly
> trivial (stop the queue). For block, it's not terribly hard neither,
> though you want to have some orderign/atomicity between the blocking of
> the incoming request queue and the sending of things like spindown &
> flush commands to the disk. For old-style IDE, that was fairly easily
> solved by piping suspend/resume command down the request queue itself
> and have the queue block/unblbock itself after processing them. Some of
> that logic could maybe be moved to the block layer for all block drivers
> to benefit.
> But yes, overall, there is work to do on drivers and I'm doing the ones
> I hit on the platforms I use. I don't think the freezer is any kind of
> remotely good solution, just a way to continue avoiding the problem.

Still, do you really think that we're ready to drop it _right_ _now_ (I'm
referring to suspend only) and if so than on what basis (except that you
don't like it, which falls short of being a techical argument)?


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