Re: [suspend/resume] Re: userspace notification from module

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Sun Jan 17 2010 - 08:27:41 EST

On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 02:07:39PM +0100, Pavel Machek wrote:
> AFAICT following message would be nice.
> 1) battery is critical, userspace please do something
> On zaurus and similar, you could add
> 2) oh and btw we had power failure so we suspended (or maybe -- so
> hardware suspended itself -- rmk's examples and old apm systems); we
> are now back and running
> notification... but... ideally those power failures should never
> happen anyway, so... having this notification is in no way neccessary.

There's another consideration here: the more complex the emergency
procedure, the higher the chance of _something_ causing it to fail,
and if it does fail, the result is data loss.

In a properly running system, this isn't something that's going to
get a lot of testing, so there's a higher chance that there will be
bugs, so the simpler the solution, the better.

It's a bit like the kernel shutdown paths - because they don't get a
lot of use, they don't get tested enough, and having discussed it with
Arjan van de Ven, it's a known weakness. So we know that they're not
that well tested - and the result is eg, 33-rc3 on shutdown results
in an oops for me on x86.

You really don't want to oops or deadlock on "battery critically low".
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