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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 2.6.19 5/5] fs: freeze_bdev with semaphore not mutex


On Wednesday, 8 November 2006 19:09, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
> > > swsusp-freeze-filesystems-during-suspend-rev-2.patch
> > > 
> > > I think you need to give more thought to device-mapper
> > > interactions here.  If an underlying device is suspended
> > > by device-mapper without freezing the filesystem (the
> > > normal state) and you issue a freeze_bdev on a device
> > > above it, the freeze_bdev may never return if it attempts
> > > any synchronous I/O (as it should).
> > 
> > Well, it looks like the interactions with dm add quite a bit of
> > complexity here.
> What about just fixing xfs (thou shall not write to disk when kernel
> threads are frozen), and getting rid of blockdev freezing?

Well, first I must admit you were absolutely right being suspicious with
respect to this stuff.

OTOH I have no idea _how_ we can tell xfs that the processes have been
frozen.  Should we introduce a global flag for that or something?


You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
		R. Buckminster Fuller

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