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SubjectRe: Would you help to tell why async printk solution w as not taken to upstream kernel ?
Hi Sergey, 

Thank you for your fast reply.

On (03/04/18 21:02), Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:

> On (03/04/18 20:10), Qixuan.Wu wrote:
>> Hi Sergey, petr, and Jan,
>> I find you wrote a patch set of "[PATCH v12 0/3] printk: Make printk()
>> completely async"(, and many people
>> have reviewd. But I did not see them be taken to upstream kernel. Would
>> you please help to tell me the reason ? Is it just only because of the
>> LOG_CONT scenario (4th patch) ?
> Hello,
> Thanks for your email, we desperately need more feedback from
> people who are facing printk() related issues. While, certainly, I'm not
> happy to hear that printk() causes troubles on your side.

> Regarding the async printk patch set. It's still "work in
> progress", and probably will take some time (due to various reasons,
> LOG_CONT is not one of them).

It's fine. People know the prink is important and used in the kernel at many
many place, and it's difficult to cover all the scenario, so it's predictable there
are some places to be improved.
For async printk patch set, would you help to know when they can be finished.
I think it should be very useful to avoid softlockup or RCU stall.

> Yes. 4.16 has Steven's patch which tweaks printk() in a very smart
> way and addresses some of the issues printk() has. If you can't test 4.16
> (quite possible), then the commits you'd want to take a look at are
> (Linus's tree):
> dbdda842fe96f89 printk: Add console owner and waiter logic to load balance console writes
> c162d5b4338d72d printk: Hide console waiter logic into helpers
> fd5f7cde1b85d4c printk: Never set console_may_schedule in console_trylock()
> c14376de3a1befa printk: Wake klogd when passing console_lock owner

Thank you for your suggested solution wrote by Steven. I looked through it, the
thought is good. I think it can mitigate 99.999% the softlockup problem in the
scenario. But I have a comment for it, actually maybe it's not correct.

Suppose there is one scenario that the system has 100 CPU(0~99). While CPU 0 is
calling slow console, CPU 1~99 are calling printk at the same time. And suppose
CPU 1 will be waiter, as per the patch, 2~99 will return directly. After CPU 0 finish
it's log to console, it will return when it finds CPU 1 are waiting. Then CPU 1 need
flush all logs of CPU(1~99) to the console, which may cause softlockup or rcu
stall. Above scenario is very unusual and it's very unlikely to happen.

> If you can backport those, test and tell us about your experience - would be
> great and very much appreciated.

Anyway the code in 4.16 is also very useful to the problem. We will think over to
try to backport. If any other problem occur, will inform you again.

Thanks & Regards
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