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SubjectBug in disk event polling

Don't ask me why this hasn't shown up earlier... There's a big fat bug
in the implementation of disk event polling.

The polling is done using the system_nrt_wq work queue, which isn't
freezable. As a result, polling continues while the system is
preparing for suspend or hibernation.

Obviously I/O to suspended devices doesn't work well. Somewhat less
obviously, error recovery for the failed I/O attempts can interfere
with normal system resume.

You can see this for yourself easily enough by suspending or
hibernating while a USB flash drive is plugged in. You don't even need
to go through the full suspend procedure; the first two stages are
enough (echo devices >/sys/power/pm_test). Check the system log
afterward; most likely you'll find the flash drive got errors and had
to be unregistered and re-enumerated.

I have verified that changing all occurrences of system_nrt_wq in
block/genhd.c to system_freezable_wq fixes the bug. However this may
not be the way you want to solve it; you may prefer to have a freezable
non-reentrant work queue.

Alan Stern

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