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    Subject[RFC PATCH v1 2/3] Add %v support to vsnprintf()
    Add %v support to vsnprintf()

    vsnprintf() is extended to support a '%v' in the format string. '%v'
    takes two arguments, the first is a format string and the second is a
    va_list. vsnprintf() is recursively called to process the specified
    format string and arguments, before returning to the original format

    This allows functions like the following, which prepend a
    subsystem-specific string to an error message:

    int subsystem_error(char *fmt, ...) {
    va_list ap;
    int rc;

    va_start(ap, fmt);
    rc = printk("%s: %v\n", "SUBSYSTEM", fmt, ap);
    return rc;

    Functions printing errors inside the subsystem would do like:

    subsystem_error("Failed to get widget: %d", 3);

    The resulting kernel message would be:

    SUBSYSTEM: Failed to get widget: 3\n

    The advantage over using say 2 printk() calls is that message output
    will be contiguous, whereas separate printk() calls might be broken
    by an intervening message from another kernel thread. Also a single
    message buffer is used, which avoids double-handling and excessive
    memory use.

    Signed-off-by: Nick Andrew <>

    lib/vsprintf.c | 14 ++++++++++++++
    1 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/lib/vsprintf.c b/lib/vsprintf.c
    index 1e2dcaf..e779f79 100644
    --- a/lib/vsprintf.c
    +++ b/lib/vsprintf.c
    @@ -632,6 +632,7 @@ static char *pointer(const char *fmt, char *buf, char *end, void *ptr, int field
    * %pS output the name of a text symbol
    * %pF output the name of a function pointer
    * %pR output the address range in a struct resource
    + * %v processes a supplied format string and args, recursively

    @@ -787,6 +788,19 @@ static char *__vsnprintfr(char *buf, char *str, char *end,
    case 'u':

    + case 'v': {
    + char *fmt2;
    + va_list args2;
    + fmt2 = va_arg(args, char *);
    + args2 = va_arg(args, va_list);
    + /* recurse to format the (fmt,args) pair */
    + str = __vsnprintfr(buf, str, end, fmt2, args2);
    + va_end(args2);
    + continue;
    + }
    if (str < end)
    *str = '%';

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