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SubjectRe: [linux-pm] Is it supposed to be ok to call del_gendisk while userspace is frozen?
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On Tuesday 18 May 2010, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> Hi.
>
> On 18/05/10 06:35, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > On Monday 17 May 2010, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> >> On 17/05/10 12:22, Alan Stern wrote:
> >>> On Mon, 17 May 2010, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> >>>>>> I object to the patch.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Tell the patch it ought to exit once thawed, by all means.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I'm not sure what you mean. Care to explain?
> >>>>
> >>>> I mean "Set up some sort of flag that it can look at once thawed at
> >>>> resume time, and use that to tell it to exit at that point."
> >>>
> >>> Doesn't the patch do exactly that? The "flag" is set by virtue of the
> >>> fact that this is part of del_gendisk -- which means the disk is being
> >>> unregistered and hence the writeback thread will exit shortly.
> >>>
> >>>>>> Make the patch unfreezeable to begin with, by all means.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> That wouldn't work.
> >>>>
> >>>> Why not?
> >>>
> >>> It would be nice to know exactly why. Perhaps the underlying problem
> >>> can be fixed.
> >>>
> >>>>>> If you know a disk is going to be unregistered during resume,
> >>>>>
> >>>>> How do we check that, exactly?
> >>>>
> >>>> Well, if you can figure out that you need to go down this path at this
> >>>> point in the process, you must be able to apply the same logic to come
> >>>> to the same conclusion earlier in the process.
> >>>
> >>> That's not true. You don't know that a device is going to be unplugged
> >>> until it actually _is_ unplugged.
> >>
> >> Sorry - I got unregistered during suspend (instead of resume) in my
> >> head. That said, I'd argue that we should be...
> >>
> >> 1) Syncing all the data at the start of the suspend/hibernate, so
> >> there's nothing for the workthread to do if we do del_gendisk.
> >> 2) Telling things to exit if we do find the device is gone away at
> >> resume time, but not relying on the going-away happening until post
> >> process thaw, for a couple of reasons:
> >> - Potential for races/confusion/mess etc in having $random process
> >> thawing other processes. Only the thread doing the suspend/hibernate
> >> should be freezing/thawing.
> >
> > I don't see a problem here, as far as kernel threads are concerned. In this
> > particular case this is a subsystem thawing a thread that belongs to it. No
> > problem.
> >
> >> - We're dealing with the symptom, not the cause. Almost always a bad idea.
> >
> > I very much prefer to have a fix for a symptom than no fix at all, which is the
> > realistic alternative in this case.
> >
> > So, I think we should merge the patch and if someone finds the root cause
> > at one point in future, then we can just use the *right* approach instead of
> > the present one.
> >
> > The problem is real and people in the field are affected by it, so if you don't
> > have a working alternative patch, please just let go.
>
> I'm not denying that the problem is real. What I am concerned about is
> finding a real solution, not just putting a sticky plaster over the
> wound. It seems to me to be much wiser to deal with the issue properly
> now instead of doing extra work later to diagnose what might be a harder
> to reproduce symptom of the same problem. I'd happily put the time in
> now myself, but I simply don't have the time this week.
>
> Would it be possible to apply the patch, adding some sort of new tag
> that can be used to say "This needs further attention", perhaps
> including an enduring reference to this conversation.

Yeah, /* FIXME: */ is for that. With some comment why we're doing this. :-)

> Later, the 'real' fix could include another special tag that says "Proper fix for the
> symptom addressed in commit 5e94f810"?

Thanks,
Rafael


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