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SubjectRe: [PATCH V8 1/2] printk: remove tabular output for NULL pointer
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On Fri, 2017-10-27 at 10:57 +1100, Tobin C. Harding wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 07:47:19AM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> > On Thu, 2017-10-26 at 20:37 +1100, Tobin C. Harding wrote:
> > > On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 01:05:39AM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> > > > On Thu, 2017-10-26 at 17:27 +1100, Tobin C. Harding wrote:
> > > > > Hi Joe,
> > > > >
> > > > > thanks for your review.
> > > > >
> > > > > On Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 09:57:23PM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> > > > > > On Thu, 2017-10-26 at 13:53 +1100, Tobin C. Harding wrote:
> > > > > > > Currently pointer() checks for a NULL pointer argument and then if so
> > > > > > > attempts to print "(null)" with _some_ standard width. This width cannot
> > > > > > > correctly be ascertained here because many of the printk specifiers
> > > > > > > print pointers of varying widths.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I believe this is not a good change.
> > > > > > Only pointers without a <foo> extension call pointer()
> > > > >
> > > > > Sorry, I don't understand what you mean here. All the %p<foo> specifier code is
> > > > > handled by pointer()?
> > > >
> > > > Sorry, I was imprecise/wrong.
> > > >
> > > > None of the %p<foo> extensions except %pK and %p<invalid_foo>
> > > > actually use this bit of the pointer() call.
> > >
> > > if (!ptr && *fmt != 'K') {
> > > /*
> > > * Print (null) with the same width as a pointer so it makes
> > > * tabular output look nice.
> > > */
> > > if (spec.field_width == -1)
> > > spec.field_width = default_width;
> > > return string(buf, end, "(null)", spec);
> > > }
> > >
> > > Is there something I'm missing here? This code reads like its all %p<foo>
> > > (including %p and %p<invalid_foo>) except %pK that hit this block when
> > > a NULL pointer is passed in.
> >
> > The idea for aligning is described in commit 5e0579812834a
> >
> > $ git log --stat -p -1 --format=email 5e0579812834a
> > From 5e0579812834ab7fa072db4a15ebdff68d62e2e7 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> > From: Joe Perches <joe@perches.com>
> > Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:22:50 -0700
> > Subject: [PATCH] vsprintf.c: use default pointer field size for "(null)"
> > strings
> >
> > It might be nicer to align the output.
> >
> > For instance, ACPI messages sometimes have "(null)" pointers.
> >
> > $ dmesg | grep "(null)" -A 1 -B 1
> > [ 0.198733] ACPI: Dynamic OEM Table Load:
> > [ 0.198745] ACPI: SSDT (null) 00239 (v02 PmRef Cpu0Ist 00003000 INTL 20051117)
> > [ 0.199294] ACPI: SSDT 7f596e10 001C7 (v02 PmRef Cpu0Cst 00003001 INTL 20051117)
> > [ 0.200708] ACPI: Dynamic OEM Table Load:
> > [ 0.200721] ACPI: SSDT (null) 001C7 (v02 PmRef Cpu0Cst 00003001 INTL 20051117)
> > [ 0.201950] ACPI: SSDT 7f597f10 000D0 (v02 PmRef Cpu1Ist 00003000 INTL 20051117)
> > [ 0.203386] ACPI: Dynamic OEM Table Load:
> > [ 0.203398] ACPI: SSDT (null) 000D0 (v02 PmRef Cpu1Ist 00003000 INTL 20051117)
> > [ 0.203871] ACPI: SSDT 7f595f10 00083 (v02 PmRef Cpu1Cst 00003000 INTL 20051117)
> > [ 0.205301] ACPI: Dynamic OEM Table Load:
> > [ 0.205315] ACPI: SSDT (null) 00083 (v02 PmRef Cpu1Cst 00003000 INTL 20051117)
>
> Does this give the correct level of control? Would it not be better to
> control the output of NULL pointers in the code that prints them. The
> other side of the coin is that with padding a random single debug
> message ends up with unwanted white space, e.g
>
> [ 0.205315] foo: This pointer (null) some useful error message
>
> Just thoughts.

I'm not sure there are any of those uses.
Perhaps you could show actual examples.

> > > > All of the other valid %p<foo> extension uses do not end up
> > > > at this block being executed so it's effectively only regular
> > > > pointers being output by number()
> >
> > Because passing NULL to any of the %p<foo> extensions
> > excluding %pK is probably a defect.
>
> This implies that passing NULL to %p is a defect also, does it not.

No, it does not imply that.

%p and %pK just print the value of the pointer arg.
%p<foo> extensions other than %pK dereference the pointer arg.
NULL
dereferences cause an oops.

> > I'd expect there could be cases of userland parsers that
> > expect a certain width for pointer fields.
> >
> > $ git grep -E "\bseq_.*%p\W" | wc -l
> > 112
>
> This is a good point. Making %p now prefix with 0x could also
> potentially break things for the same reason.

I thought it was agreed not to do that.

> Perhaps your suggestion of
> having leading 0's in front of the 32 bit identifier on 64 bit machines
> solves a number of these problems (without the 0x prefix).
>
> 1. It leaves the output layout unchanged, no userland breakages.
> 2. It still has the advantages of a 32 bit hash mentioned by Linus.
> 3. It makes explicit that something funny is going on with the address,
> multiple addresses with 32 leading 0's will stand out.

cheers, Joe

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