Re: [PATCH] usb: Make USB persist default configurable

From: Alan Stern
Date: Wed Mar 20 2013 - 10:50:04 EST

On Tue, 19 Mar 2013, Julius Werner wrote:

> > Yes, okay, that's true. If a new USB device is plugged in while the
> > lid is shut, and then the lid is opened very briefly, it's possible
> > that the system could suspend again before the new device's "persist"
> > attribute is updated. Does that case really matter? The device isn't
> > likely to be in use at that point.
> It does matter if the device will be used after the next resume,
> because that one would use the persist code. If there was a driver
> problem it would fail, and if it was a USB stick that is swapped with
> a different one of the same model, you could get file system
> corruption.

To be honest, when it comes to filesystem corruption and lost data, you
should be more worried about the consequences of leaving "persist"
turned off than of leaving it on. Be that as it may...

> I agree with you that buggy drivers should get fixed (and we are
> trying to do that as well), but at the same time we want to be able to
> have a system that can keep its policies at all times. We get a lot of
> USB problems (especially around suspend/resume), and we don't want to
> need to worry every time about which code path we hit and whether one
> of those race conditions could have something to do with it. I'm
> convinced that having this in the kernel is the cleanest solution for
> us, and I just thought it might be useful to standardize a mechanism
> for that (I don't really see the maintenance burden in that config
> option either, as the persist mechanism itself does not look like it
> was going to go away anytime soon).

If you feel strongly about this, I don't have any real objection to
adding the Kconfig option. Practically everyone will leave it in its
default state and ignore the whole thing.

Alternatively, you could keep the patch out of mainline, as an in-house
addition to your own kernels. That would require more effort on your
part, though.

Alan Stern

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