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Date:   Tue, 17 Nov 2020 17:57:27 +0100
From:   "Rafael J. Wysocki" <>
To:     Bjorn Helgaas <>
Cc:     Heiner Kallweit <>,
        "Rafael J. Wysocki" <>,
        Bjorn Helgaas <>,
        Mika Westerberg <>,
        Kai Heng Feng <>,
        Lukas Wunner <>,
        "" <>,
        Linux PM <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: Time to re-enable Runtime PM per default for PCI devcies?

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 5:38 PM Bjorn Helgaas <> wrote:
> [+to Rafael, author of the commit you mentioned,
> +cc Mika, Kai Heng, Lukas, linux-pm, linux-kernel]
> On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 04:56:09PM +0100, Heiner Kallweit wrote:
> > More than 10 yrs ago Runtime PM was disabled per default by bb910a7040
> > ("PCI/PM Runtime: Make runtime PM of PCI devices inactive by default").
> >
> > Reason given: "avoid breakage on systems where ACPI-based wake-up is
> > known to fail for some devices"
> > Unfortunately the commit message doesn't mention any affected  devices
> > or systems.

Even if it did that, it wouldn't have been a full list almost for sure.

We had received multiple problem reports related to that, most likely
because the ACPI PM in BIOSes at that time was tailored for
system-wide PM transitions only.

> > With Runtime PM disabled e.g. the PHY on network devices may remain
> > powered up even with no cable plugged in, affecting battery lifetime
> > on mobile devices. Currently we have to rely on the respective distro
> > or user to enable Runtime PM via sysfs (echo auto > power/control).
> > Some devices work around this restriction by calling pm_runtime_allow
> > in their probe routine, even though that's not recommended by
> >
> >
> > Disabling Runtime PM per default seems to be a big hammer, a quirk
> > for affected devices / systems may had been better. And we still
> > have the option to disable Runtime PM for selected devices via sysfs.
> >
> > So, to cut a long story short: Wouldn't it be time to remove this
> > restriction?
> I don't know the history of this, but maybe Rafael or the others can
> shed some light on it.

The systems that had those problems 10 years ago would still have
them, but I expect there to be more systems where runtime PM can be
enabled by default for PCI devices without issues.

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