Re: [PATCH] HID: usbhid: get/put around clearing needs_remote_wakeup

From: Alan Stern
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 - 10:55:30 EST

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014, Benson Leung wrote:

> Sorry for the delay in my response. I did some more checking of my
> particular failure, and my commit message is incorrect. The
> usb_kill_urb is actually not the cause of this problem. It does not
> result in autosuspend_check() itself, and is only serving to add some
> delay.
> hidraw_release() in hidraw.c calls drop_ref(), which calls the
> following in sequence upon clearing the last reader :
> /* close device for last reader */
> hid_hw_power(hidraw->hid, PM_HINT_NORMAL);
> hid_hw_close(hidraw->hid);
> hid_hw_power results in a usb_autopm_put_interface. In this case, the
> reference count is decremented to 0, and a delayed autosuspend request
> is attempted.
> hid_hw_close leads to usbhid_close, which clears needs_remote_wakeup.
> However, there's no guarantee that the clear of needs_remote_wakeup
> will occur before the delayed work ( runtime_idle() ->
> autosuspend_check() ) runs. Moving usbhid->intf->needs_remote_wakeup
> = 0 to before the usb_kill_urb(usbhid->urbin) only serves to reduce
> the amount of time between these events and makes this particular
> failure less likely.
> The correct solution is to put get/put around each change of
> needs_remote_wakeup, as that will correctly trigger another delayed
> autosuspend_check(), whose result is affected by the state of
> needs_remote_wakeup.
> Since autosuspend_check() occurs as delayed work, I think it is
> appropriate to add get/put around the clear in usbhid_stop as well.

As Oliver pointed out, there's no real need to resume a device which is
already suspended (the only effect would be to allow it to suspend
again but with wakeup disabled -- and this would happen anyway if a
wakeup occurred). Instead of using get and put, we should have an idle

There is no USB wrapper for pm_runtime_idle calls, but one could be
added. Still, in the meantime can you check to see what happens if you


in usbhid_close() just after needs_remote_wakeup is set to 0? You can
do the same thing in usbhid_stop() if you want.

Alan Stern

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