Re: [linux-pm] calling runtime PM from system PM methods

From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Mon Jun 20 2011 - 15:53:26 EST

On Monday, June 20, 2011, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Jun 2011, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > In the meantime I rethought the __pm_runtime_disable() part of my previous
> > patch and I now think it's not necessary to complicate it any more. Of course,
> > we need not check if runtime resume is pending in __device_suspend(), because
> > we've done it already in dpm_prepare(), but the barrier part should better be
> > done in there too.
> Does this really make sense? What use is a barrier in dpm_prepare() if
> runtime PM is allowed to continue functioning up to the
> suspend callback?

It checks if a resume request is pending and executes runtime resume in that

> As I see it, we never want a suspend or suspend_noirq callback to call
> pm_runtime_suspend(). However it's okay for the suspend callback to
> invoke pm_runtime_resume(), as long as this is all done in subsystem
> code.

First off, I don't really see a reason for a subsystem to call
pm_runtime_resume() from its .suspend_noirq() callback. Now, if
pm_runtime_resume() is to be called concurrently with the subsystem's
.suspend_noirq() callback, I'd rather won't let that happen. :-)

> And in between the prepare and suspend callbacks, runtime PM should be
> more or less fully functional, right? For most devices it will never
> be triggered, because it has to run in process context and both
> userspace and pm_wq are frozen. It may trigger for devices marked as
> IRQ-safe, though.

It also may trigger for drivers using non-freezable workqueues and calling
runtime PM synchronously from there.

> Maybe the barrier should be moved into __device_suspend().

I _really_ think that the initial approach, i.e. before commit
e8665002477f0278f84f898145b1f141ba26ee26, made the most sense. It didn't
cover the "pm_runtime_resume() called during system suspend" case, but
it did cover everything else.

So, I think there are serious technical arguments for reverting that commit.

I think we went really far trying to avoid that, but I'm not sure I want to go
any further.

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