Re: Freezable workqueue blocks non-freezable workqueue during the system resume process

From: Jan Kara
Date: Mon Mar 14 2016 - 03:25:09 EST

On Fri 11-03-16 12:56:10, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello, Jan.
> On Thu, Mar 03, 2016 at 10:33:10AM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > Ugh... that's nasty. I wonder whether the right thing to do is making
> > > writeback workers non-freezable. IOs are supposed to be blocked from
> > > lower layer anyway. Jan, what do you think?
> >
> > Well no, at least currently IO is not blocked in lower layers AFAIK - for
> > that you'd need to freeze block devices & filesystems and there are issues
> At least libata does and I think SCSI does too, but yeah, there
> probably are drivers which depend on block layer blocking IOs, which
> btw is a pretty fragile way to go about as upper layers might not be
> the only source of activities.
> > with that (Jiri Kosina was the last one which was trying to make this work
> > AFAIR). And I think you need to stop writeback (and generally any IO) to be
> > generated so that it doesn't interact in a strange way with device drivers
> > being frozen. So IMO until suspend freezes filesystems & devices properly
> > you have to freeze writeback workqueue.
> I still think the right thing to do is plugging that block layer or
> low level drivers. It's like we're trying to plug multiple sources
> when we can plug the point where they come together anyway.

I agree that freezing writeback workers is a workaround for real issues at
best and ideally we shouldn't have to do that. But at least for now I had
the impression that it is needed for suspend to work reasonably reliably.

Jan Kara <jack@xxxxxxxx>