Re: Back to the future.

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Apr 27 2007 - 20:01:11 EST

On Sat, 28 Apr 2007, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> Actually, the less things happen while we're creating and saving the image,
> the less sources of potential problems there are and by freezing the kernel
> threads (not all of them), we cause less things to happen at that time.

That makes no sense.

You have to create the snapshot image with interrupts disabled *anyway*.

I really don't see how you can say that stopping threads etc can make any
difference what-so-ever. If you don't create the snapshot with interrupts
disabled (and just with a single CPU running) you have so many other
problems that it's not even remotely funny.

So there's *by*definition* nothing at all that can happen while you
snapshot the system. Claiming otherwise is just silly.

> To make you happy, we could stop doing that, but what actual _advantage_
> that would bring?

Like getting rid of all the magic "I don't want you to freeze me" crud?

Or getting rid of this horribly idiotic "three times widdershins" kind of
black magic mentality! It looks like the main reason for the process
freezing has nothing to do with technology, but some irrational fear of
other things happening at the same time, even though they CANNOT happen if
you do things even half-way sanely.

The "let's stop all kernel threads" is superstition. It's the same kind of
superstition that made people write "sync" three times before turning off
the power in the olden times. It's the kind of superstition that comes
from "we don't do things right, so let's be vewy vewy quiet and _pray_
that it works when we are beign quiet".

That's bad.

It's doubly bad, because that idiocy has also infected s2ram. Again,
another thing that really makes no sense at all - and we do it not just
for snapshotting, but for s2ram too. Can you tell me *why*?

> > Trying to freeze kernel threads has _caused_ problems. It has _added_
> > these interdependencies. It hasn't removed a single dependency at any
> > time, it has just added new problems!
> What problems are you talking about?

Like you wouldn't know. Look at commit b43376927a that you yourself are
credited with, just a month ago.

Then, do something as simple as

git grep create_freezeable_workthread

and ponder the end results of that grep. If you don't see something wrong,
you're blind.

> > NONE of these are valid explanations at all. You're listing totally
> > theoretical problems, and ignoring all the _real_ problems that trying to
> > freeze kernel threads has _caused_.
> Example, please?

Who do you think you are kidding? See above.

And if you think that's an isolated example, look again. And start
grepping for PF_NOFREEZE, and other examples.

The fact is, there is not a *single* reason to freeze kernel threads. But
some rocket scientist decided to, and then screwed everybody else over.

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