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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 1/2 -mm] kexec based hibernation -v3: kexec jump
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Hi.

On Friday 21 September 2007 11:41:06 Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Friday 21 September 2007 11:06:23 Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > On Fri, 21 Sep 2007 10:24:34 +1000 Nigel Cunningham
> > <nigel@nigel.suspend2.net> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi Andrew.
> > > >
> > > > On Thursday 20 September 2007 20:09:41 Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > > > Seems like good enough for -mm to me.
> > > > >
> > > > > Pavel
> > > >
> > > > Andrew, if I recall correctly, you said a while ago that you didn't
want
> > > > another hibernation implementation in the vanilla kernel. If you're
going
> > to
> > > > consider merging this kexec code, will you also please consider
merging
> > > > TuxOnIce?
> > > >
> > >
> > > The theory is that kexec-based hibernation will mainly use preexisting
> > > kexec code and will permit us to delete the existing hibernation
> > > implementation.
> > >
> > > That's different from replacing it.
> >
> > TuxOnIce doesn't remove the existing implementation either. It can
> > transparently replace it, but you can enable/disable that at compile time.
>
> Right. So we end up with two implementations in-tree. Whereas
> kexec-based-hibernation leads us to having zero implementations in-tree.
>
> See, it's different.

That's not true. Kexec will itself be an implementation, otherwise you'd end
up with people screaming about no hibernation support. And it won't result in
the complete removal of the existing hibernation code from the kernel. At the
very least, it's going to want the kernel being hibernated to have an
interface by which it can find out which pages need to be saved. I wouldn't
be surprised if it also ends up with an interface in which the kernel being
hibernated tells it what bdev/sectors in which to save the image as well
(otherwise you're going to need a dedicated, otherwise untouched partition
exclusively for the kexec'd kernel to use), or what network settings to use
if it wants to try to save the image to a network storage device. On top of
that, there are all the issues related to device reinitialisation and so on,
and it looks like there's greatly increased pain for users wanting to
configure this new implementation. Kexec is by no means proven to be the
panacea for all the issues.

Regards,

Nigel
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