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SubjectRe: [patch 0/2] suspend/resume regression fixes
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Linus,

On Sat, 2007-09-22 at 15:59 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > My final enlightment was, when I removed the ACPI processor module,
> > which controls the lower idle C-states, right before resume; this
> > worked fine all the time even without all the workaround hacks.
> >
> > I really hope that this two patches finally set an end to the "jinxed
> > VAIO heisenbug series", which started when we removed the periodic
> > tick with the clockevents/dyntick patches.
>
> Ok, so the patches look fine, but I somehow have this slight feeling that
> you gave up a bit too soon on the "*why* does this happen?" question.

Yeah, I gave up at the point where I was not longer able to dig
deeper :)

> I realize that the answer is easily "because ACPI screwed up", but I'm
> wondering if there's something we do to trigger that screw-up.

Fair enough.

> In particular, I also suspect that this may not really fix the problem -
> maybe it just makes the window sufficiently small that it no longer
> triggers. Because we don't necessarily understand what the real background
> for the problem is, I'm not sure we can say that it is solved.
>
> The reason I say this is that I have a suspicion on what triggers it.
>
> I suspect that the problem is that we do
>
> pm_ops->prepare();
> disable_nonboot_cpus()
> suspend_enter();
> enable_nonboot_cpus()
> pm_finish()
>
> and here the big thing to notice is that "pm_ops->prepare()" call, which
> sets the wakup vector etc etc.
>
> So maybe the real problem here is that once we've done the "->prepare()"
> call and ACPI has set up various stuff, we MUST NOT do any calls to any
> ACPI routines to set low-power states, because the stupid firmware isn't
> expecting it.

That's what I suspect and deduced from the various experiments including
a force the cpu into a lower c-state one, which triggered the problem
fully reproducible. Note that in case of the "force a lower c-state" I
verified, that the PIT was activated to avoid the local apic stops in c3
issue. But I never got an PIT interrupt. Either the box was completely
stuck or I was able to recover by hitting a key, which is as well one of
the unexplained phenomenons.

> Now, if this is the cause, then I think your patch should indeed fix it,
> since you get called by the early-suspend code (which happens *before* the
> "->prepare()" call), but at the same time, I wonder if maybe it would be
> slightly "more correct" to instead of using the suspend/resume callbacks,
> simply do this in the "acpi_pm_prepare()" stage, since that is likely the
> thing that triggers it?

Yeah, probably that's the correct point, but I leave this to the ACPI
wizards.

> But hey, I think I'll apply the patches as-is. I'd just feel even better
> if we actually understood *why* doing the CPU Cx states is not something
> we can do around the suspend code!

That needs some explanation of the folks who can actually look beyond
the ACPI/BIOS internals.

tglx


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