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SubjectRe: Dynamic Debug broken on 2.6.35-rc3?
On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 04:24:16PM +0200, Thomas Renninger wrote:
> Hi,
> it's this one:
> commit ff49d74ad383f54041378144ca1a229ee9aeaa59
> Author: Yehuda Sadeh <>
> Date: Sat Jul 3 13:07:35 2010 +1000
> which touches same code than Jason's fix does.
> Possibly this patch also addresses (only parts of?) this problem?
> Jason: Do you mind having a look at the latest git version and review
> Yehuda's and adjust your patch if still necessary.

So Yehuda's patch is meant to address this issue. I would still move the
remove code to free_module(), for the case that load_module() fails as
follows (on top of Yehuda's patch):

Signed-off-by: Jason Baron <>
kernel/module.c | 4 +++-
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/module.c b/kernel/module.c
index 5d2d281..6c56282 100644
--- a/kernel/module.c
+++ b/kernel/module.c
@@ -787,7 +787,6 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE2(delete_module, const char __user *, name_user,

/* Store the name of the last unloaded module for diagnostic purposes */
strlcpy(last_unloaded_module, mod->name, sizeof(last_unloaded_module));
- ddebug_remove_module(mod->name);

return 0;
@@ -1550,6 +1549,9 @@ static void free_module(struct module *mod)

+ /* Remove dynamic debug info */
+ ddebug_remove_module(mod->name);
/* Arch-specific cleanup. */

Also, the patch i wrote addressed the issue of duplicate "module" names.
Although you can't have duplicate names of loadable modules. Dynamic
debug also refers to built in vmlinux sections by using
"KBUILD_MODNAME". These are not necessarily globally unique. Thus, we
probably should be using a better globally unique identifier in the code.
However, that improvement can probably wait...

I will re-post the above as a separate thread. Also, I should probably
post a patch to add myself to the MAINTAINERS file, since I didn't see
Yehuda's patch until now...

> If Yehuda's patch is fixing this already, we still need it backported for
> 2.6.34 stable kernel and further?

Yes, patch might need to be adjusted a bit but is still relevant for
2.6.34 stable. The situation was exacerbated by:

commit 3bafeb6247042dcbb72b0141ec7c7107de9f0b99
Author: Linus Torvalds <>
Date: Sat Jun 5 11:17:36 2010 -0600

module: move find_module check to end

during the 2.6.35 time frame.

> One question about dynamic debug (unrelated to the mem corruption
> issue):
> Would it make sense to initialize dynamic debug earlier, somewhen shortly
> after __setup is called.
> Then a boot param ddebug_enable="xy" could be added.
> The param could be in /sys/../control format or just be "all"?
> My idea is to be able to track all the pr_debug calls (as) early (as possible)
> at boot up.
> One example is ec.c. Currently it is not possible to see the pr_debug messages
> when EC accesses are done when the ACPI interpreter is started, there
> is no userspace and no sysfs yet.
> Same for PCI related pr_debug messages at early PCI(e) initialization time?
> Would that be possible or do I miss something?
> Thanks,
> Thomas

definitely a good idea, and something I just had not yet done
yet...after we resolve this issue, I'd be more than happy to review
and/or write a patch to do this. I'm glad ppl are interested in this :)



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