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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCHv6 00/12] printk: introduce printing kernel thread
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Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> On (12/28/17 15:48), Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> [..]
> > and I'm actually thinking about returning back the old vprintk_emit()
> > behavior
> >
> > vprintk_emit()
> > {
> > + preempt_disable();
> > if (console_trylock())
> > console_unlock();
> > + preempt_enable();
> > }
>
> but am not going to.
> it's outside of printk_kthread scope. and, besides, not every CPU which
> is looping on console_unlock() came there via printk(). so by disabling
> preemption in console_unlock() we cover more cases.

Just an idea: Do we really need to use a semaphore for console_sem?

Is it possible to replace it with a spinlock? Then, I feel that we can write
to consoles from non-process context (i.e. soft or hard IRQ context), with
write only one log (or even one byte) at a time (i.e. write one log from one
context, and defer all remaining logs by "somehow" scheduling for calling
that context again).

Since process context might fail to allow printk kernel thread to run for
long period due to many threads waiting for run, I thought that interrupt
context might fit better if we can "somehow" chain interrupt contexts.

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