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SubjectRe: 2.6.25 regression: powertop says 120K wakeups/sec
On Saturday 22 March 2008, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Sat, 22 Mar 2008 13:24:54 -0700 David Brownell <> wrote:
> > I noticed this with 2.6.25-rc2 (if not before), and the problem
> > is still there with 2.6.25-rc6-git (as of this AM).

A 2.6.24 kernel I still had stashed away didn't act odd; the
problem joined us before 2.6.25-rc1 was tagged.

> > System is an Athlon64 single CPU laptop, and instead of reading a
> > few dozen wakeups per second, it says a many tens of thousands...
> > clearly wrong. In previous kernels it gave more plausible counts;
> > unfortunately high because of various un-evolved desktop tools in
> > this Ubuntu system (Feisty).
> >
> > Possibly more truthful, it says that the system never enters
> > C1 or C2, and spends all its time in C0. Though if I look at
> > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpuidle/state[01]/usage, that
> > seems to tell a different story ... it's C0 that's never used.
> > In previous kernels it reported time in both C0 and C2. ISTR
> > some patch to avoid C2, which would explain part of this.
> >
> > Comments or fixes, anyone?
> This is likely to be an acpi regression, isn't it?
> A git-bisect would be nice, please.

The git-bisect says the 120K wakeups/second comes from a patch
which unfortunately can't be directly reverted, so I didn't
verify that reverting it resolves that problem. I've not tried
to do anything with the other C0/C1/C2 stuff.

$ git bisect good
bc71bec91f9875ef825d12104acf3bf4ca215fa4 is first bad commit
commit bc71bec91f9875ef825d12104acf3bf4ca215fa4
Author: <>
Date: Thu Jan 31 17:35:04 2008 -0800

ACPI: enable MWAIT for C1 idle

Add MWAIT idle for C1 state instead of halt, on platforms that support
C1 state with MWAIT.

Renames cx->space_id to something more appropriate.

Signed-off-by: Venkatesh Pallipadi <>
Signed-off-by: Len Brown <>

:040000 040000 88ebe48d024f7fb21237cd75dbc9c681c43252b1 8af87317facbd018b47e717ede6907d9a831f92c M drivers
:040000 040000 ecd73d87c1b7b7004e06ffa3a2b3e7260c045543 934c38290353186cbaaaf27094d5c1712e548fcc M include

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