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SubjectRe: [RFC v2 1/5] PM, Runtime, Add power_must_be_on flag
On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 2:13 AM, Huang Ying <> wrote:
> The extreme way to save device power in runtime is to turn off power
> of device.  For example, D3cold for PCIe bus and ZPODD (Zero Power
> Optical Disk Drive) for SATA bus will do that.
> But sometimes power off is not expected, some possible reason is as
> follow
> - power off device usually incurs longer resume latency, if it exceeds
>  power QoS requirement, power off should be disabled.
> - For some buses, device in power off state can not support remote
>  wakeup.  If remote wakeup is desired, power off should be disabled.
> In general, whether to put a device into power off state should be
> decided by the driver of the device, but for some buses, whether to
> put a device into power off state may be done by the parent of the
> device.  For example, a PCIe end point device may be put into power
> off state by the PCIe port connected to it.
> So a flag is introduced for the children devices to tell the parent
> device, whether it should be put into power off state.
> This flag is also used for device driver to tell bus layer whether it
> is OK to be powered off.
> Signed-off-by: Huang Ying <>
> ---
>  include/linux/pm.h |    1 +
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> --- a/include/linux/pm.h
> +++ b/include/linux/pm.h
> @@ -536,6 +536,7 @@ struct dev_pm_info {
>        unsigned int            irq_safe:1;
>        unsigned int            use_autosuspend:1;
>        unsigned int            timer_autosuspends:1;
> +       unsigned int            power_must_be_on:1;
>        enum rpm_request        request;
>        enum rpm_status         runtime_status;
>        int                     runtime_error;

It's a little weird to just add the field, with no users. Would it
make sense to pull out the bits of patch 5 that use this and combine
them into a single smaller patch? But see related comments there; it
might be safer to have a function that computes this whenever you need
it instead of caching the value.

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