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SubjectRe: [linux-pm] [PATCH] hibernation should work ok with memory hotplug
On Thu, 06 Nov 2008 13:00:18 +1100
Nigel Cunningham <ncunningham@crca.org.au> wrote:

> Hi.
>
> On Thu, 2008-11-06 at 10:54 +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> > On Thu, 06 Nov 2008 12:43:07 +1100
> > Nigel Cunningham <ncunningham@crca.org.au> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi.
> > >
> > > On Thu, 2008-11-06 at 10:17 +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> > > > On Thu, 6 Nov 2008 09:14:41 +0900
> > > > KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> 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.
> > > > >
> > > > > 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 ?
> > > > >
> > > > *OFFTOPIC*
> > > >
> > > > I hear following answer from my friend.
> > > >
> > > > - hibernate the system
> > > > => plug USB memory
> > > > => wake up the system
> > > > => panic.
> > > > - hibernate the system
> > > > => unplug USB memory
> > > > => wake up the sytem
> > > > => panic.
> > >
> > > We currently check that the number of physical pages is the same when
> > > starting to load the image, so neither of these issues cause real
> > > problems.
> > >
> > Hmm? this doesn't come from lost of hotplug interrupt ?
> > the memory plugged while the system is sleeping can be recognized when the system wakes up ?
>
> Remember that when we hibernate (assuming we don't then suspend to ram),
> the power is fully off. Resuming starts off like a fresh boot.
>
It seems I don't study enough.

> > My point is the firmware/operator has to know "the system is sleeping or not" to do *any* hotplug.
> > (I'm not sure but removing a cpu while the system is under hibernation may cause panic, too.)
> > In my point of view, this is operator's problem, not hibernation's.
>
> If a cpu is removed while we're hibernated, that's okay. We use
> hotplugging and can therefore cope quite happily with cpus going away
> while the system is powered down.
>
Why cpu hotplugging works while the power is fully off ?
"Resuming starts off like a fresh boot." updates all necessary data strucutures ?

> > If you want to fix the small race really, please add(or export) some mutex or notifier. like
> >
> > NOTIFY_HIBERNATION_START
> > NOTIFY_HIBERNATION_END
> > NOTIFY_HIBERNATION_RESUME
> >
> > other pepole will make use of this.
> > I think __add_memory called by interrupt can be executed in some kernel thread.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > -Kame
>
> There are notifier chains for hibernation already
> (PM_HIBERNATION_PREPARE, PM_RESTORE_PREPARE, PM_POST_RESTORE and
> PM_POST_HIBERNATION).
>

Okay. then we can add "kernel thread for calling add/remove memory" and say
"PLEASE WAIT UNTIL HIBERNATION IS READY".

I can try that by myself but doesn't have suitable machine....
I think I can show you pseudo code in hours. please wait a bit.

Thanks,
-Kame



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