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SubjectRe: [patch 2.6.27-rc4] rtc-cmos: wakes again from S5
On Thursday 28 August 2008, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:29:35 -0700
> David Brownell <> wrote:
> > + if (system_state == SYSTEM_POWER_OFF && !cmos_poweroff(pdev))
> erp, system_state is a pretty horrid thing. It's a global with
> relatively poorly defined transition conditions which have actually
> changed over time.

True, but it's the best we've got for this kind of thing.
Globals ... yeech.

> It was not my greatest ever idea. It was simple and expedient at the
> time and expanded use of it was "discouraged" (rofl).
> Is there no alternative?

My general belief is that there should be a set of predicates
that drivers use to test whether or not the target system state
satisfies various prerequisites. Like whether a clock or power
domain must be disabled, and so on.

In this specific case, a system_is_powering_down() predicate is
the logical application of that policy to this problem.

- Dave

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