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authorLinus Torvalds <>2012-04-29 15:00:44 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <>2012-04-29 15:00:44 -0700
commit6cfdd02b886aac866098f33262d409565f101ce0 (patch)
parent64f371bc3107e69efce563a3d0f0e6880de0d537 (diff)
parent26e0f90fded422f309deb6169dfbccb204435698 (diff)
Merge tag 'pm-for-3.4-rc5' of git://
Pull power management fixes from Rafael J. Wysocki: "Fix for an issue causing hibernation to hang on systems with highmem (that practically means i386) due to broken memory management (bug introduced in 3.2, so -stable material) and PM documentation update making the freezer documentation follow the code again after some recent updates." * tag 'pm-for-3.4-rc5' of git:// PM / Freezer / Docs: Update documentation about freezing of tasks PM / Hibernate: fix the number of pages used for hibernate/thaw buffering
2 files changed, 41 insertions, 24 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/power/freezing-of-tasks.txt b/Documentation/power/freezing-of-tasks.txt
index ec715cd78fbb..6ec291ea1c78 100644
--- a/Documentation/power/freezing-of-tasks.txt
+++ b/Documentation/power/freezing-of-tasks.txt
@@ -9,7 +9,7 @@ architectures).
II. How does it work?
-There are four per-task flags used for that, PF_NOFREEZE, PF_FROZEN, TIF_FREEZE
+There are three per-task flags used for that, PF_NOFREEZE, PF_FROZEN
and PF_FREEZER_SKIP (the last one is auxiliary). The tasks that have
PF_NOFREEZE unset (all user space processes and some kernel threads) are
regarded as 'freezable' and treated in a special way before the system enters a
@@ -17,30 +17,31 @@ suspend state as well as before a hibernation image is created (in what follows
we only consider hibernation, but the description also applies to suspend).
Namely, as the first step of the hibernation procedure the function
-freeze_processes() (defined in kernel/power/process.c) is called. It executes
-try_to_freeze_tasks() that sets TIF_FREEZE for all of the freezable tasks and
-either wakes them up, if they are kernel threads, or sends fake signals to them,
-if they are user space processes. A task that has TIF_FREEZE set, should react
-to it by calling the function called __refrigerator() (defined in
-kernel/freezer.c), which sets the task's PF_FROZEN flag, changes its state
-to TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE and makes it loop until PF_FROZEN is cleared for it.
-Then, we say that the task is 'frozen' and therefore the set of functions
-handling this mechanism is referred to as 'the freezer' (these functions are
-defined in kernel/power/process.c, kernel/freezer.c & include/linux/freezer.h).
-User space processes are generally frozen before kernel threads.
+freeze_processes() (defined in kernel/power/process.c) is called. A system-wide
+variable system_freezing_cnt (as opposed to a per-task flag) is used to indicate
+whether the system is to undergo a freezing operation. And freeze_processes()
+sets this variable. After this, it executes try_to_freeze_tasks() that sends a
+fake signal to all user space processes, and wakes up all the kernel threads.
+All freezable tasks must react to that by calling try_to_freeze(), which
+results in a call to __refrigerator() (defined in kernel/freezer.c), which sets
+the task's PF_FROZEN flag, changes its state to TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE and makes
+it loop until PF_FROZEN is cleared for it. Then, we say that the task is
+'frozen' and therefore the set of functions handling this mechanism is referred
+to as 'the freezer' (these functions are defined in kernel/power/process.c,
+kernel/freezer.c & include/linux/freezer.h). User space processes are generally
+frozen before kernel threads.
__refrigerator() must not be called directly. Instead, use the
try_to_freeze() function (defined in include/linux/freezer.h), that checks
-the task's TIF_FREEZE flag and makes the task enter __refrigerator() if the
-flag is set.
+if the task is to be frozen and makes the task enter __refrigerator().
For user space processes try_to_freeze() is called automatically from the
signal-handling code, but the freezable kernel threads need to call it
explicitly in suitable places or use the wait_event_freezable() or
wait_event_freezable_timeout() macros (defined in include/linux/freezer.h)
-that combine interruptible sleep with checking if TIF_FREEZE is set and calling
-try_to_freeze(). The main loop of a freezable kernel thread may look like the
-following one:
+that combine interruptible sleep with checking if the task is to be frozen and
+calling try_to_freeze(). The main loop of a freezable kernel thread may look
+like the following one:
do {
@@ -53,7 +54,7 @@ following one:
(from drivers/usb/core/hub.c::hub_thread()).
If a freezable kernel thread fails to call try_to_freeze() after the freezer has
-set TIF_FREEZE for it, the freezing of tasks will fail and the entire
+initiated a freezing operation, the freezing of tasks will fail and the entire
hibernation operation will be cancelled. For this reason, freezable kernel
threads must call try_to_freeze() somewhere or use one of the
wait_event_freezable() and wait_event_freezable_timeout() macros.
diff --git a/kernel/power/swap.c b/kernel/power/swap.c
index 8742fd013a94..eef311a58a64 100644
--- a/kernel/power/swap.c
+++ b/kernel/power/swap.c
@@ -51,6 +51,23 @@
#define MAP_PAGE_ENTRIES (PAGE_SIZE / sizeof(sector_t) - 1)
+ * Number of free pages that are not high.
+ */
+static inline unsigned long low_free_pages(void)
+ return nr_free_pages() - nr_free_highpages();
+ * Number of pages required to be kept free while writing the image. Always
+ * half of all available low pages before the writing starts.
+ */
+static inline unsigned long reqd_free_pages(void)
+ return low_free_pages() / 2;
struct swap_map_page {
sector_t entries[MAP_PAGE_ENTRIES];
sector_t next_swap;
@@ -72,7 +89,7 @@ struct swap_map_handle {
sector_t cur_swap;
sector_t first_sector;
unsigned int k;
- unsigned long nr_free_pages, written;
+ unsigned long reqd_free_pages;
u32 crc32;
@@ -316,8 +333,7 @@ static int get_swap_writer(struct swap_map_handle *handle)
goto err_rel;
handle->k = 0;
- handle->nr_free_pages = nr_free_pages() >> 1;
- handle->written = 0;
+ handle->reqd_free_pages = reqd_free_pages();
handle->first_sector = handle->cur_swap;
return 0;
@@ -352,11 +368,11 @@ static int swap_write_page(struct swap_map_handle *handle, void *buf,
handle->cur_swap = offset;
handle->k = 0;
- if (bio_chain && ++handle->written > handle->nr_free_pages) {
+ if (bio_chain && low_free_pages() <= handle->reqd_free_pages) {
error = hib_wait_on_bio_chain(bio_chain);
if (error)
goto out;
- handle->written = 0;
+ handle->reqd_free_pages = reqd_free_pages();
return error;
@@ -618,7 +634,7 @@ static int save_image_lzo(struct swap_map_handle *handle,
* Adjust number of free pages after all allocations have been done.
* We don't want to run out of pages when writing.
- handle->nr_free_pages = nr_free_pages() >> 1;
+ handle->reqd_free_pages = reqd_free_pages();
* Start the CRC32 thread.