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SubjectRe: [PATCH] hvc - register all available consoles (was: Re: [PATCH] powerpc/lpar - defer prefered console setup)
On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 04:13:47AM -0500, Milton Miller wrote:
> On Wed Jul 30 at 17:34:38 EST in 2008, Bastian Blank wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 08:29:19AM +0200, Bastian Blank wrote:
> >> Okay, so hvc_console is the culprit. It don't register a preferred
> >> console if it knows it is not the first in the list.
> >
> > The patch registers all available hvc consoles. It adds one "struct
> > console" for all possible hvc consoles.
>
> [ a 6 page patch adding forward declartions, arrays of console
> structs, moving lots of code and creating N struct console in the
> hvc_driver shell]
>
> After previously having written:
> > On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 08:23:13AM +0200, Bastian Blank wrote:
> >> On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 12:34:51PM +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> >>> On Mon, 2008-07-28 at 20:56 +0200, Bastian Blank wrote:
> >>> * add_preferred_console - add a device to the list of preferred consoles.
> >>> ...
> >>> * The last preferred console added will be used for kernel messages
> >>> * and stdin/out/err for init.
> >>>
> >>> The last console will be added by the console= parsing, and so that will
> >>> be used. The console we add in the pseries setup is only used if nothing
> >>> is specified on the command line.
> >>
> >> Okay, then there is a completely different problem. In the case of
> >> "console=hvc0 console=hvc1" it uses the _first_ add stdin/out bla and
> >> ignores the second one completely.
> >
> > Okay, so hvc_console is the culprit. It don't register a preferred
> > console if it knows it is not the first in the list.
> >
> > Bastian
>
>
> [ back to the patch ]
> > -/*
> > - * Early console initialization. Precedes driver initialization.
> > - *
> > - * (1) we are first, and the user specified another driver
> > - * -- index will remain -1
> > - * (2) we are first and the user specified no driver
> > - * -- index will be set to 0, then we will fail setup.
> > - * (3) we are first and the user specified our driver
> > - * -- index will be set to user specified driver, and we will fail
> > - * (4) we are after driver, and this initcall will register us
> > - * -- if the user didn't specify a driver then the console will match
> > - *
> > - * Note that for cases 2 and 3, we will match later when the io driver
> > - * calls hvc_instantiate() and call register again.
> > - */
> > -static int __init hvc_console_init(void)
> > -{
> > - register_console(&hvc_con_driver);
> > - return 0;
> >
>
>
> Please explain how the reasoning you removed breaks down.
> What is your usage case?

I have several hvc consoles on a Power hypervisor.

> More importantly , how is this different than, say, drivers/serial/8250.c,
> which also registers just one struct console?
> would not console=ttyS0 console=ttyS1 have the same problem?

Yes, it have the same problem. Only one of the two (I think the first)
will get enabled as console.

> Please instrument the calls to register_console and add_preferred_console
> and give a detailed description of the problem you are encountering.

| add_preferred_console("hvc", 4, NULL)

This call was added recently by the Power LPAR code.

| add_preferred_console("hvc", 1, NULL)

This comes from the command line ("console=hvc1").

| hvc_config_driver.index == -1
| register_console(&hvc_con_driver)
| hvc_config_driver.index == 4

This call is used to detect the id of the to be enabled hvc device. See
the comment of hvc_console_init. register_console sets it to the
_first_ id it finds, in this case 4. There is no other call to
register_console because there is no hvc console with id 4 registered
and hvc_instantiate checks this.

The list of consoles looks like:
- hvc, 4
- hvc, 1

The boot console (udbg0) is destructed later without a real console
remaining.

> Perhaps the real fix should be scan the command line for console= at
> console_init time? How does that compare to __setup that is called now?

This was removed because it break different things. See
5faae2e5d1f53df9dce482032c8486bc3a1feffc.

> > for (i = 0; i < n; ++i) {
> > #ifdef CONFIG_MAGIC_SYSRQ
> > - if (hp->index == hvc_con_driver.index) {
> > + if (consoles[hp->index].console.flags & CON_CONSDEV) {
> > /* Handle the SysRq Hack */
> > /* XXX should support a sequence */
> > if (buf[i] == '\x0f') { /* ^O */
> > @@ -775,8 +764,8 @@ struct hvc_struct __devinit *hvc_alloc(uint32_t vtermno, int irq,
> > * see if this vterm id matches one registered for console.
> > */
> > for (i=0; i < MAX_NR_HVC_CONSOLES; i++)
> > - if (vtermnos[i] == hp->vtermno &&
> > - cons_ops[i] == hp->ops)
> > + if (consoles[i].vtermno == hp->vtermno &&
> > + consoles[i].ops == hp->ops)
> > break;
> >
>
>
> NACK
> you broke this assertion:
> > /*
> > * Initial console vtermnos for console API usage prior to full console
> > * initialization. Any vty adapter outside this range will not have usable
> > * console interfaces but can still be used as a tty device. This has to be
> > * static because kmalloc will not work during early console init.
> > */

Well. It speaks about "range", but in fact it was exactly one.

> The idea is you might want serial port to 250 other partitions, but only
> need to have your choice of console be on the first 8 or so.

hvc is limited to 16 devices.

Bastian

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