Re: [suspend/resume] Re: userspace notification from module
From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Sat Jan 16 2010 - 17:07:18 EST
On Saturday 16 January 2010, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > > I wasn't aware of this.
> > > >
> > > > That may be a good reason for adding kernel-based suspend notification,
> > > > although I'd prefer ARM to notify the user space about the critical battery
> > > > status allowing it to decide what to do.
> > >
> > > Hard to do, without breaking compatibility that goes down to 2.4.X.
> > Sending a battery-critical notification to the user space is not equivalent to
> > removing the existing kernel-based mechanism. They can exist both at the
> > same time if the notification is sent earlier than the kernel suspends
> > everything.
> Yes, and obviously sending notification early is ok with me.
> > > It really makes sense on zaurus. Those machines are simple, no
> > > smartbattery and no embedded controller subsystems. Battery will not
> > > protect itself, and its kernel job. (Should work on init=/bin/bash).
> > >
> > > As power-off consumption is same as suspend power consumption (I
> > > beleive zaurus simply does not have true power off), suspend on
> > > critical makes some sense. (Note that it is set lower than on pcs, and
> > > that we declare battery critical sooner than that.)
> > The problem with that is it catches at least some applications unprepared and
> > notifying them that "we're suspending right now" doesn't really help, because
> > they won't have any time to react anyway.
> Agreed, but so what? On PC, machine would power off at that
> point. That would surprise the apps, too.
> Basically new enough userland should not make battery run low enough
> for either emergency power off or emergency suspend.
I wonder how it is supposed to achieve that without knowing the current battery
status. Do you mean it should poll the battery driver?
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