Re: [PATCH v4 1/7] kernel: Add support for restart notifier call chain

From: Guenter Roeck
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 - 10:59:18 EST

On 07/14/2014 07:53 AM, Catalin Marinas wrote:
On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 04:30:25PM +0100, Guenter Roeck wrote:
diff --git a/include/linux/reboot.h b/include/linux/reboot.h
index 48bf152..120db73 100644
--- a/include/linux/reboot.h
+++ b/include/linux/reboot.h
@@ -38,6 +38,9 @@ extern int reboot_force;
extern int register_reboot_notifier(struct notifier_block *);
extern int unregister_reboot_notifier(struct notifier_block *);

+extern int register_restart_notifier(struct notifier_block *);
+extern int unregister_restart_notifier(struct notifier_block *);
+extern void kernel_restart_notify(char *cmd);

* Architecture-specific implementations of sys_reboot commands.
diff --git a/kernel/reboot.c b/kernel/reboot.c
index a3a9e24..1bc9bf2 100644
--- a/kernel/reboot.c
+++ b/kernel/reboot.c
@@ -104,6 +104,87 @@ int unregister_reboot_notifier(struct notifier_block *nb)

+ * Notifier list for kernel code which wants to be called
+ * to restart the system.
+ */
+static BLOCKING_NOTIFIER_HEAD(restart_notifier_list);
+ * register_restart_notifier - Register function to be called to reset
+ * the system
+ * @nb: Info about notifier function to be called
+ * @nb->priority: Notifier priority. Notifiers should follow the
+ * following guidelines for setting priorities.
+ * 0: Restart notifier of last resort,
+ * with limited restart capabilities
+ * 128: Default notifier; use if no other
+ * notifier is expected to be available,
+ * and/or if restart functionality is
+ * sufficient to restart the entire system
+ * 255: Highest priority notifier, will preempt
+ * all other notifier functions

I'm not fully convinced implying a 'notifier' is the right approach
here. By analogy with the reboot notifier, this is something drivers
would want to know about and do some work before the actual system
restart (e.g. disable watchdogs as in the reboot notifier case). The
restart notifier here is meant to perform the actual system restart.
Arguably, the actual restart should be handled by priority 0 with some
preparation before but we have reboot notifier already, so I don't think
it's worth another notifier.

While re-using the notifier mechanism behind the scene is fine, I think
we should at least rename the functions to something like

Fine with me. Any other comments / suggestions on the name of the function ?


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