Commit a4a47bc0 authored by Linus Torvalds's avatar Linus Torvalds
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Lower USB storage settling delay to something more reasonable

The five-second delay can be rather annoying, and makes the system
appear much less responsive when you connect a USB drive.

It's also not entirely clear that it is needed - the settling delay has
at least historically been an issue on some Apple iPods, for example,
and some devices have been reported to need even more than the old 5s

But before we penalize them all, let's see how bad it really is.  Some
of the reasons for long delays seem to be actual historical kernel bugs
that should probably never have been papered over with a delay in the
first place (there's a Ubuntu bug report for 2.6.20 about a NULL pointer
dereference unless 'delay_use' is 8 or more, for example).

It also looks like some distros have already shipped with delay_use=0,
so the five second default may well be totally historical.

In other words: "Let's see if anybody screams".
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 6ebdc661
......@@ -78,7 +78,7 @@ MODULE_AUTHOR("Matthew Dharm <>");
MODULE_DESCRIPTION("USB Mass Storage driver for Linux");
static unsigned int delay_use = 5;
static unsigned int delay_use = 1;
module_param(delay_use, uint, S_IRUGO | S_IWUSR);
MODULE_PARM_DESC(delay_use, "seconds to delay before using a new device");
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