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SubjectRe: Run-time PM idea (was: Re: [linux-pm] [RFC][PATCH 0/2] PM: Rearrange core suspend code)
On Mon, Jun 08, 2009 at 05:06:03PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:

> But if you think that tracking the usage state of the hardware is
> 'complexity', then you very much dont know what you are talking
> about. The main task of the kernel is to track hardware usage and to
> abstract away the fact that the same hardware is used by multiple
> tasks, and to do it safely. It's what the kernel does all day.

What I'm saying is that you don't *know* what the usage state of the
hardware is, and in many cases you can't know. A given user may be happy
to sacrifice their SATA hotplug support. Another with identical hardware
may not. A given network application may be mission critical and
intolerant of the network interface being shut down. The same
application in a different context may not. We'd need to provide a
bewildering array of interfaces to distinguish between these situations,
and we'd be unable to turn on autosuspend until the entirity of
userspace had been ported to them.

Matthew Garrett |

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