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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] PM / Hibernate: Add sysfs knob to control size of memory for drivers
On Monday, May 16, 2011, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> Hi.
> On 15/05/11 19:36, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > In fact, if drivers allocated their memory from suspend/hibernate notifiers,
> > that would be practically equivalent to setting reserved_size to the total
> > amount of memory reserved by the drivers. However, it may be difficult
> > for drivers to predict how much memory they will need at the time the
> > notifiers are called (they are called before freezing user space).
> >
> > Thus I'm considering a change that will cause device drivers' ->prepare()
> > callbacks to be executed before the preallocation of memory takes place.
> > In that case the drivers may allocate memory from their ->prepare()
> > callbacks _after_ user space has been frozen and that will make more
> > sense overall.
> >
> > For now, however, I think that exposing reserved_size is the right choice.
> Sorry for not commenting earlier - too busy with Drupal development and
> only came across this thread by chance (yes, I'm still subscribed to the
> PM list, but haven't been reading it. Hibernation isn't high on my list
> of priorities at the moment because TOI is feature complete and stable.
> I know I'm supposed to be sending you patches, but other things have
> been taking the time that would be used for that).
> Anyway...
> This sounds to me like a great development. As far as TuxOnIce goes,
> we've had a knob for ages that has allowed the user to specify an amount
> of memory to be kept aside for driver allocations, and we calculate and
> report how much they used in the debugging info sysfs entry. Because
> TuxOnIce works differently to [u]swsusp, this is the only source of
> potential out-of-memory related failures, and the measures just
> mentioned made things much more reliable.
> If things went in the direction you're suggesting here, they'd get
> better again. I'm all in favour!

Thanks Nigel!

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