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SubjectRe: [GIT PATCH] USB autosuspend fixes for 2.6.23-rc6
On Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 01:44:23PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Sep 2007, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> >
> > No, what I'm concerned about is that this would require userspace for
> > something that is completely in-kernel.
> If done right (and autosuspend now is), there is no "required" userspace.
> If you want autosuspend, you just say so. The kernel doesn't do it by
> default. This is not about "user space required" - it's about "user space
> can ask for it if it wants to".
> Notice? There doesn't even have to be any blacklists/whitelists at all. It
> really can be just an application that allows the user to check or uncheck
> the capability (with a warning saying something like: "Some USB devices
> may disconnect when suspended - if this affects you, uncheck this").
> That's why the kernel shouldn't set policy. It's a *good* thing to just
> expose the capabilities, but not necessarily use them!

What is not policy is the blacklist or whitelist information.

And I'm also a bit concerned why "is policy" is that much a reason
against setting *reasonable default policies* without requiring the user
to do various things in userspace.

Especially since this creates some nasty interdependencies between the
kernel and userspace.

And as an example, couldn't you equally say it's wrong that the kernel
enables DMA on disks instead of leaving it to userspace?

We've already seen the udev disaster where upgrading from Debian 3.1 to
Debian 4.0 means upgrading from kernel 2.6.8 to 2.6.18 with the udev
version in Debian 3.1 not supporting kernel 2.6.18 and the udev version
in Debian 4.0 not supporting kernel 2.6.8, and I don't have a good
feeling about outsourcing more and more things to userspace tools not
distributed with the kernel.

> Linus



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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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