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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/13] ATA ACPI: debugging infrastructure
James Courtier-Dutton <> wrote:
> Is there a particular debugging coding style that we should adopt for
> all the kernel code.

Err, probably. But we'd need to have a 1000-email argument first.

Right now many subsystems and often many individual drivers go and
implement their own set of debugging macros and knobs to twiddle. This was
a great source of fun for me in trying to support gcc-2.95.x - each time a
new debug macro got implemented I had to go in there (again) and apply the
gcc-2.95.x-macro-expansion-bug-workaround to it.

Yes, one common toolset with a common way of controlling it would be much
more sensible than the present chaos. I count 163 separate definitions of
dprintk(), and that's excluding all the non-x86 arch and include dirs.

> For example,
> kconfig option in order to compile a module/section of core code for
> debug work.
> A sysfs file to then control the debug level for each module.
> A debug module option, in the cases where a particular level of debug is
> required at module load time, and before the sysfs entry exists.
> If particularly fine grained debug control is needed, the module could
> have multiple entries in the sysfs to control different classes of debug
> output.

Something like that.. Just don't cc me while you work it out ;)
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