Re: [PATCH 0/23] reboot-fixes

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Tue Jul 26 2005 - 15:10:12 EST


> The reboot code paths seems to be suffering from 15 years of people
> only looking at the code when it breaks. The result is there
> are several code paths in which different callers expect different
> semantics from the same functions, and a fair amount of imperfect
> inline replication of code.
> For a year or more every time I fix one bug in the bug fix reveals yet
> another bug. In an attempt to end the cycle of bug fixes revealing
> yet more bugs I have generated a series of patches to clean up
> the semantics along the reboot path.
> With the callers all agreeing on what to expect from the functions
> they call it should at least be possible to kill bugs without
> more showing up because of the bug fix.
> My primary approach is to factor sys_reboot into several smaller
> functions and provide those functions for the general kernel
> consumers instead of the architecture dependent restart and
> halt hooks.
> I don't expect this to noticeably fix any bugs along the
> main code paths but magic sysrq and several of the more obscure
> code paths should work much more reliably.

It looks good to me. Good ammount of cruft really accumulated there...

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