Re: [RFC PATCH] PM / Runtime: runtime: Add sysfs option for forcing runtime suspend

From: Alan Stern
Date: Mon Sep 28 2015 - 16:23:49 EST

On Mon, 28 Sep 2015, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:

> Hi Alan,
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:29 PM, Alan Stern <stern@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Mon, 28 Sep 2015, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> >
> >> > This suggests we forget about power/wakeup == "off" and introduce an
> >> > "inhibit" attribute instead.
> >>
> >> If we do that, can it still be regarded as a PM attribute?
> >
> > Why not? Consider this: Is there any reason to support inhibit when
> > CONFIG_PM is disabled? I can't come up with any.
> Well, the "I don't want any input from you now, because the phone is
> going into a pocket" case?

But who would make a phone without CONFIG_PM? If you're sufficiently
unconcerned about power usage that you turn off CONFIG_PM, then you
probably don't care about getting excess input events either.

> It isn't stticlty dependent on PM.

No, not strictly. But it is closely enough related that people
shouldn't mind if it becomes part of the PM code.

> >> > Well, I suppose there might be a driver that supports inhibit but
> >> > doesn't support runtime PM, unlikely as that seems. Or the driver
> >> > might support both but the user might leave power/control == "on" while
> >> > inhibiting the device.
> >>
> >> That sounds like a general rather than PM-related mechanism then.
> >
> > I don't follow your reasoning.
> Support for "inhibit" and lack of runtime PM support means that the
> feature has nothing to do with PM any more AFAICS.

My example above referred to support in a single driver, not support in
the system as a whole. By the same reasoning, since some drivers
support system sleep but not runtime PM, system sleep must have nothing
to do with PM. :-)

> That's why I think it may be regarded by more than just PM. It should
> make runtime PM behave in a specific way if supported, but then it
> should work withot it too, shouldn't it?

If you want inhibit to be part of the device core rather than the PM
core, that's okay with me.

> My opinion is that "inhibit" should affect PM, but should not require
> PM to function (there's no technical reason for that).

All right. Then a design should be straightforward.

Alan Stern

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