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SubjectRe: [linux-pm] [PATCH] hibernation should work ok with memory hotplug
On Thu, 2008-11-06 at 09:14 +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> Ok, please consider "when memory hotplug happens."
> In general, it happens when
> 1. memory is inserted to slot.
> 2. the firmware notifes the system to enable already inserted memory.
> To trigger "1", you have to open cover of server/pc. Do you open pc while the system
> starts hibernation ? for usual people, no.

You're right, this won't happen very often. We're trying to close a
theoretical hole that hasn't ever been observed in practice. But, we
don't exactly leave races in code just because we haven't observed them.
I think this is a classic race.

If we don't close it now, then someone doing some really weirdo hotplug
is going to run into it at some point. Who knows what tomorrow's
hardware/firmware will do?

> To trigger "2", the user have special console to tell firmware "enable this memory".
> Such firmware console or users have to know "the system works well." And, more important,
> when the system is suspended, the firmware can't do hotplug because the kernel is sleeping.
> So, such firmware console or operator have to know the system status.
> Am I missing some ? Current linux can know PCI/USB hotplug while the
> system is suspended ?

* echo 'disk' > /sys/power/state
* count number of pages to write to disk
* turn all interrupts off
* copy pages to disk
* power down

I think the race we're trying to close is the one between when we count
pages and when we turn interrupts off. I assume that there is a reason
that we don't do the *entire* hibernation process with interrupts off,
probably because it would "lock" the system up for too long, and can
even possibly fail.

-- Dave

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