Re: Loud "pop" coming from hard drive on reboot

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> Thought about that and querying power state before doing shutdown 
> sequence but things get somewhat ugly because shutdown sequence is 
> driven from sd->shutdown().  We'll have to snoop both sync and shutdown 
> commands and check whether the system is shutting down.  Also, I felt 
> very uneasy about faking successful completion to SYNCHRONIZE_CACHE.

If you see a synchronize cache succeed and you then see the drive
shutdown succeed then you know that a sync cache can be faked as ok
safely. Any other command in between or after and it doesn't get faked

This seems pretty easy to deal with at command issue.

> I dunno.  It's already too late for 2.6.21.  I was hoping we could get 
> distros to update shutdown utilities in not-too-distant future but I 
> have no experience with that.  Is that just a wishful thinking?

Probably not, but it will take a year or so and throughout this time
period everyone with the wrong combination of shutdown and kernel (which
will be a lot of people who compile their own kernels) are going to have
problems caused by what is a very obscure piece of libata internal
behaviour they'll never even know about.

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