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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] PM: Avoid losing wakeup events during suspend
On Mon, 21 Jun 2010, Florian Mickler wrote:

> > In the end you would want to have communication in both directions:
> > suspend blockers _and_ callbacks. Polling is bad if done too often.
> > But I think the idea is a good one.
> Actually, I'm not so shure.
> 1. you have to roundtrip whereas in the suspend_blocker scheme you have
> active annotations (i.e. no further action needed)

That's why it's best to use both. The normal case is that programs
activate and deactivate blockers by sending one-way messages to the PM
process. The exceptional case is when the PM process is about to
initiate a suspend; that's when it does the round-trip polling. Since
the only purpose of the polling is to avoid a race, 90% of the time it
will succeed.

> 2. it may not be possible for a user to determine if a wake-event is
> in-flight. you would have to somehow pass the wake-event-number with
> it, so that the userspace process could ack it properly without
> confusion. Or... I don't know of anything else...
> 1. userspace-manager (UM) reads a number (42).
> 2. it questions userspace program X: is it ok to suspend?
> [please fill in how userspace program X determines to block
> suspend]
> 3a. UM's roundtrip ends and it proceeds to write "42" to the
> kernel [suspending]
> 3b. UM's roundtrip ends and it aborts suspend, because a
> (userspace-)suspend-blocker got activated
> I'm not shure how the userspace program could determine that there is a
> wake-event in flight. Perhaps by storing the number of last wake-event.
> But then you need per-wake-event-counters... :|

Rafael seems to think timeouts will fix this. I'm not so sure.

> Do you have some thoughts about the wake-event-in-flight detection?

Not really, except for something like the original wakelock scheme in
which the kernel tells the PM core when an event is over.

Alan Stern

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