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SubjectRe: [PATCHSET] printk: implement printk_header() and merging printk

On Sat, 2008-01-19 at 07:58 +0900, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Matt Mackall wrote:
> > On Wed, 2008-01-16 at 10:00 +0900, Tejun Heo wrote:
> >> And mprintk the following.
> >>
> >> code:
> >> DEFINE_MPRINTK(mp, 2 * 80);
> >>
> >> mprintk_set_header(&mp, KERN_INFO "ata%u.%2u: ", 1, 0);
> >> mprintk_push(&mp, "ATA %d", 7);
> >> mprintk_push(&mp, ", %u sectors\n", 1024);
> >> mprintk(&mp, "everything seems dandy\n");
> >
> > I prefer Matthew Wilcox's stringbuf approach which does proper memory
> > management and isn't specific to printk:
> >
> >
> Yeap, that's generic and nice but I think both 'generic' and 'proper
> memory management' are weakness if what you're trying to do is to
> support collecting messages in pieces and putting it out via printk.
> Please consider the following scenario.
> You're in an interrupt handler and detected a severe error condition
> which should be notified to the user but the information is rather
> complex and best built in pieces, so you create a stringbuf and does
> sb_printf() to it w/ GFP_ATOMIC but alas memory allocation failed and
> you end up printing "out of memory" unless you detect the failure and go
> back and printk messages piece-by-piece manually. I would rather
> assemble the message manually from the get-go into an on-stack buffer.

I suppose. I still find this approach less than ideal, especially
putting something potentially large on the stack. The dangers are
perhaps worse than a malloc, really.

I also don't like your interface much. Consider this alternative:

struct mprintk *mp = mprintk_begin(KERN_INFO "ata%u.%2u: ", 1, 0);
mprintk(mp, "ATA %d", 7);
mprintk(mp, ", %u sectors\n", 1024);
mprintk(mp, "everything seems dandy\n");

That keeps all the "normal" printks short and makes the flush more

Now we make mprintk_begin attempt to do a kmalloc of a moderate size
(512 bytes?) and failing that, return null. Then mprintk can fall
through to printk in the NULL case.

Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.

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