Re: Attempted summary of suspend-blockers LKML thread

From: Paul E. McKenney
Date: Thu Aug 05 2010 - 00:05:43 EST

On Wed, Aug 04, 2010 at 07:46:56PM -0700, Brian Swetland wrote:
> 2010/8/4 Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > On Wed, Aug 04, 2010 at 03:08:33PM -0700, Arve Hjønnevåg wrote:
> >> On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 1:56 PM, Matthew Garrett <mjg59@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > [ . . . ]
> >
> >> > having this conversation? :) It'd be good to have some feedback from
> >> > Google as to whether this satisfies their functional requirements.
> >>
> >> That is "this"? The merged code? If so, no it does not satisfy our
> >> requirements. The in kernel api, while offering similar functionality
> >> to the wakelock interface, does not use any handles which makes it
> >> impossible to get reasonable stats (You don't know which pm_stay_awake
> >> request pm_relax is reverting). The proposed in user-space interface
> >> of calling into every process that receives wakeup events before every
> >> suspend call is also not compatible with existing apps.
> >
> > I should have asked this earlier...  What exactly are the apps'
> > compatibility constraints?  Source-level APIs?  Byte-code class-library
> > invocations?  C/C++ dynamic linking?  C/C++ static linking (in other
> > words, syscall)?
> For Java/Dalvik apps, the wakelock API is pertty high level -- it
> talks to a service via RPC (Binder) that actually interacts with the
> kernel. Changing the basic kernel<->userspace interface (within
> reason) is not unthinkable. For example, Arve's suspend_blocker patch
> provides a device interface rather than the proc interface the older
> wakelock patches use. We'd have to make some userspace changes to
> support that but they're pretty low level and minor.
> In the current model, only a few processes need to specifically
> interact with the kernel (the power management service in the
> system_server, possibly the media_server and the radio interface
> glue). A model where every process needs to have a bunch of
> instrumentation is not very desirable from our point of view. We
> definitely do need reasonable statistics in order to enable debugging
> and to enable reporting to endusers (through the Battery Usage UI)
> what's keeping the device awake.

Thank you for the info!

Thanx, Paul
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