|| ||Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>|
|| ||Power management list <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||[PATCH 0/2] suspend-to-ram debugging patches|
|| ||Tue, 13 Jun 2006 14:30:22 -0700 (PDT)|
some of the people on this list have already seen the first of these two
patches, but others haven't, and comments are welcome.
These two patches came about due to me debugging my Mac Mini
suspend/resume, and not being able to make a lot of headway.
The patches do two things:
[patch 1]: Add some basic resume trace facilities
This adds the capability to trace what the last operation was
before the machine hung or rebooted. It does so by saving off a
few magic hashes into the machine RTC, so that on next bootup
(within three minutes!) you can tell which device, and which
source code line number was the last one that was traced.
NOTE! On its own, the patch does nothing. You also need to add
trace-points by hand, ie at a minimum add a TRACE_DEVICE(dev)
in resume_device(), and then TRACE_RESUME() points all along the
path you're trying to debug to see which one is the one you hit
IOW, it's very nasty to use, but it's better than "my machine
never came back, and doesn't tell me anything, what should I do
[patch 2]: Fix console handling during suspend/resume
Some people may hate this, but what it does is to suspend the
console handling _properly_, so that if there are messages that
happen while the machine is suspending or resuming, they can
actually be printed out over a netconsole window, even if the
network device was part of the devices going down.
The reason people may hate it is that it actually means that we
don't print the messages at all when the machine is going down. We
really can't. Even VGA may be behind a bridge or something, and
trying to access it is just totally random luck. So the suspend
and resume actually gets a lot more quiet - but in the process it
actually gets more reliable.
This makes netconsole usable over a suspend/resume, for example,
instead of just oopsing or doing really bad things because we're
trying to use the network device at the same time that it's going
When the resume is done, the normal printk() buffering will have
kept all the messages, so they are then printed when the devices
actually work again.
I suspect that we might want to have a "debug mode" that basically
doesn't stop the console at all, because sometimes the extra
messages are very useful, even if they sometimes also just help
break the suspend/resume further. That might make some of the
people who otherwise hate this happier.
Actual patches in the next two mails as replies to this one.
[ And note: I'm not on the linux-pm list, so please cc me with any useful