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SubjectRe: [linux-pm] [PATCH] Remove process freezer from suspend to RAM pathway
On Tue, 3 Jul 2007, Matthew Garrett wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 05:16:37PM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> > On Tue, 3 Jul 2007, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > > But that's fine - "Are we undergoing a systemwide suspend" is an easy
> > > question to ask. Freezing processes instead means that most of those
> > > paths will never be tested.
> >
> > The question is easy to ask, but it's not so easy to figure out what
> > you should do if the answer is Yes. Freezing processes instead means
> > that those "untested" paths -- in many, many drivers -- won't have to
> > exist at all.
> We're used to the idea of applications blocking when a resource they're
> using goes away - NFS has done it forever.

You persist in evading my point. I'm not worried about applications;
I'm worried about drivers.

Let me put it explicitly: You're writing a driver. You're working on
the read, write, or probe method. You add code to check if a system
sleep is underway. Suppose the answer is Yes -- what does your driver
do next?

Make your answer as detailed as you reasonably can. And be careful to
arrange things so that an ongoing I/O operation doesn't get messed up
when your suspend method is called.

Alan Stern

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