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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Remove process freezer from suspend to RAM pathway
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On Thursday, 5 July 2007 14:38, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> Hi.
>
> On Thursday 05 July 2007 22:25:06 Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > On Thursday, 5 July 2007 01:45, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > On Tue 2007-07-03 21:32:20, Oliver Neukum wrote:
> > > > Am Dienstag, 3. Juli 2007 schrieb Miklos Szeredi:
> > > > > > And a further question. The freezer is not atomic. What do you do
> > > > > > if a task not yet frozen calls sys_sync(), but fuse is already
> frozen?
> > > > >
> > > > > What do you do if a task not yet frozen writes to a pipe, on the other
> > > > > end of which is a task already frozen?
> > >
> > > There's some difference between uninterruptible and interruptible
> > > sleep I'd say.
> > >
> > > > > It doesn't matter. The only thing that should matter during suspend
> > > > > (not hibernate) is saving the state of devices to ram, and putting the
> > > > > devices to sleep.
> > > >
> > > > Well, but you did remove sys_sync() from the freezer, which is
> > > > and must be called in the hibernate path.
> > >
> > > Not "must". In fact, hibernation should be safe without sys_sync(). It
> > > is just user un-friendly.
> >
> > In fact, I'd like to remove the sys_sync() from the freezer entirely,
> because
> > it just doesn't belong in there.
> >
> > The only advantege of having sys_sync() in freeze_processes() is that we
> > have a chance to write out everything when applications cannot produce more
> > data to write, but there are filesystems which don't do that anyway (eg.
> XFS),
> > so generally there's no reason to bother.
>
> Shouldn't XFS - and fuse - be considered to be broken? Sync should sync data
> and if XFS isn't doing that, it's wrong.
>
> In the case of fuse, we should have a mechanism by which fuse processes can be
> made to sync if they do have any pending I/O, and by which they can be frozen
> later than other userspace processes.
>
> I'd like to see the sync stay, because it improves reliability and data
> integrity in the fail-to-resume case. Calling scripts would probably invoke
> sync themselves if they don't already, but that's racy. As it is at the
> moment, we know userspace is stopped, so syncing isn't racy.

I'd like to move the sync out of the freezer, but to call it from the
suspend/hibernation code, so that we do

sys_sync();
error = freeze_processes();

etc.

Greetings,
Rafael


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