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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 4/6] PM / Runtime: Introduce flag can_power_off
On Mon, 13 Feb 2012, Lin Ming wrote:

> From: Zhang Rui <>
> Introduce flag can_power_off in device structure to support runtime
> power off/on.
> Note that, for a specific device driver,
> "support runtime power off/on" means that the driver .runtime_suspend
> callback needs to
> 1) save all the context so that it can restore the device back to the previous
> working state after powered on.
> 2) set can_power_off flag to tell the driver model that it's ready for power off.
> The following example shows how this works.
> device A
> |---------|
> v v
> device B device C
> A is the parent of device B and device C, and device A/B/C shares the
> same power logic
> (Only device A knows how to turn on/off the power).
> In order to power off A, B, C at runtime,
> 1) device B and device C should support runtime power off
> (runtime suspended with can_power_off flag set)
> 2) pm idle request for device A is fired by runtime PM core.
> 3) in device A .runtime_suspend callback, it tries to set can_power_off flag.
> 4) if succeed, it means all its children have been ready for power off
> and it can turn off the power at any time.
> 5) if failed, it means at least one of its children does not support runtime
> power off, thus the power can not be turned off.

I'm not sure if this is really the right approach. What you're trying
to do is implement two different low-power states, basically D3hot and
D3cold. Currently the runtime PM core doesn't support such things; all
it knows about is low power and full power.

Before doing an ad-hoc implementation, it would be best to step back
and think about other subsystems. Other sorts of devices may well have
multiple low-power states. What's the best way for this to be
supported by the PM core?

Alan Stern

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