[linux-pm] [PATCH -mm 1/2] kexec jump -v12: kexec jump

Alan Stern stern at rowland.harvard.edu
Fri Jul 11 23:04:57 EDT 2008

On Fri, 11 Jul 2008, Eric W. Biederman wrote:

> I just realized with a little care the block layer does have support for this,
> or something very close.
> You setup a software raid mirror with one disk device.    The physical
> device can come in and out while the filesystems depend on the real device.

Do you mean "the filesystems depend on the logical RAID device"?  

What's to prevent userspace from accessing the physical device 

What this amounts to, in the end, is having a way to distinguish the
set of I/O requests coming from the hibernation code (reading or
writing the memory image) from the set of all other I/O requests.  The
driver or the block layer has to be set up to allow the first set
through while blocking the second set.  (And don't forget about the 
complications caused by error-recovery I/O during the hibernation 

Forcing the second set of requests to filter through an extra software 
layer is a clumsy way of accomplishing this.  There ought to be a 
better approach.

Alan Stern

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