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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ACPI: Set flag DOCK_UNDOCKING when triggered via sysfs
On Thu 13. Mar - 10:27:57, Kristen Carlson Accardi wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:40:35 +0100
> Holger Macht <hmacht@suse.de> wrote:
>
> > On Di 11. Mär - 22:35:22, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > On Wed, 12 Mar 2008 01:07:27 +0100 Holger Macht <hmacht@suse.de>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > begin_undock() is only called when triggered via a acpi notify
> > > > handler (pressing the undock button on the dock station), but
> > > > complete_undock() is always called after the eject. So if a
> > > > undock is triggered through a sysfs write, the flag
> > > > DOCK_UNDOCKING has to be set for the dock station, too. Otherwise
> > > > this will freeze the system hard.
> > > >
> > >
> > > We prefer not to make systems freeze hard.
> > >
> > > > ---
> > > >
> > > > diff --git a/drivers/acpi/dock.c b/drivers/acpi/dock.c
> > > > index 307cef6..fa44fb9 100644
> > > > --- a/drivers/acpi/dock.c
> > > > +++ b/drivers/acpi/dock.c
> > > > @@ -710,6 +710,7 @@ static ssize_t write_undock(struct device
> > > > *dev, struct device_attribute *attr, if (!count)
> > > > return -EINVAL;
> > > >
> > > > + begin_undock(dock_station);
> > > > ret = handle_eject_request(dock_station,
> > > > ACPI_NOTIFY_EJECT_REQUEST); return ret ? ret: count;
> > > > }
> > >
> > > I assume that this is needed in 2.6.24.x as well?
> >
> > I tested this, and no, I weren't able to reproduce on 2.6.24.
> >
> > Moreover, it seems that the freeze is related to some libata issue
> > because it only freezes when a drive is in the dock station.
> >
> > Nevertheless, I think the patch is correct. Maybe there's a race
> > involved somewhere I'm not aware of. I really like to wait for
> > Kristen to comment before pushing it into more trees.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Holger
> >
>
> Hum, I'm surprised this caused a freeze - you are sure this fixes your
> problem? This flag is never checked anywhere in the dock code, and if
> it's not set, it will not matter, it will still do the undock. The
> flags file is exported to user space via sysfs though, so maybe because
> the flag isn't being set, some user space script is doing something it
> shouldn't? The patch does seem correct though, so might as well add it.

No, now I know that it doesn't seem to be the root cause. It definitely
helps here, so it seems to be a race.

My userspace does not read the flags file and is doing something bad in
turn of it. The freeze is caused by HAL, which reads /dev/sr0 after
docking, but just before libata detaches the device. We're currently about
to fix this:

http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/3/11/418

However, it seems that the patch is not perfect yet :-(

> Acked-by: Kristen Carlson Accardi <kristen.c.accardi@intel.com>

Thanks,
Holger
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