Re: No freezing of kernel threads (was: Re: [GIT PULL] libata fixes for v3.13-rc5)

From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Thu Dec 26 2013 - 18:10:12 EST

On Thursday, December 26, 2013 02:01:20 PM Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hey,
> On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 01:42:29PM -0500, Alan Stern wrote:
> > In the case of hibernation, it's not so simple. We do need to perform
> > I/O, in order to save the memory image. But we also need to avoid
> > unnecessary I/O, in order to keep the on-disk data consistent with the
> > data in the memory image. You probably can't accomplish this at the
> > device driver or subsystem level.
> That was what I assumed too but Rafael tells me it has nothing to do
> with hibernation.

It doesn't prevent on-disk data corruption from happening in case of a failing
hibernation. In case of a successful hibernation it is key to keep on-disk
data in sync with the contents of the image, but relying on the freezing
for that is rather not a winning strategy, so to speak. It would be better
to freeze filesystems instead (which has been discussed in another thread


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