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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] printk: Fix kdb_trap_printk placement
On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:03:04PM +0200, Petr Mladek wrote:
> On Thu 2017-10-12 11:45:37, Petr Mladek wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I thought about this a lot from several angles. And I would prefer
> > sligly different placement, see the patch below.
> >
> > On Thu 2017-09-28 14:18:24, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > Some people figured vprintk_emit() makes for a nice API and exported
> > > it, bypassing the kdb trap.
> >
> > Sigh, printk() API is pretty complicated and this export
> > made it much worse. Well, there are two things:
> >
> > First, kdb_trap_printk name is a bit misleading. It is not a
> > generic trap of any printk message. Instead it seems to be
> > used to redirect only particular messages from some existing
> > functions, e.g. show_regs() called from kdb_dumpregs().
> >
> > Second, it seems that the only user of the exported vprintk_emit()
> > is dev_vprintk_emit(). I believe that code using this wrapper
> > is not called in the sections where kdb_trap_printk is incremented.
> Well, I wonder if we should go even further and stop exporting
> vprintk_emit(). IMHO, the only reason was dev_print_emit() and
> the ability to pass the extra "dict" parameter.

You have my blessing there, but the device folks might have an opinion
on that; Cc'ed Gregkh.

> My aim is to redirect all the exported interfaces into vprintk_func
> (need another name?) where the right implementation will be chosen
> by the context (NMI, printk_safe, kdb, deferred?, printk_early, normal).
> In each case, I would like to have all these re-directions on a single
> place to make the printk() code better readable.
> IMHO, it would make sense to do this clean up first before
> this patchset adds more twists. But I am afraid that we will
> meet some problems and it make take longer. I am open for
> opinions.
> Best Regards,
> Petr

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