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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] Introduce interface to report BIOS bugs
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On Thursday 21 August 2008 07:52:04 am Thomas Renninger wrote:
> On Wednesday 20 August 2008 20:37:42 Bjorn Helgaas wrote:

> > Maybe even something as simple as:
> >
> > #define FW_BUG "[FW bug]: "
> >
> > would be sufficient, with the idea that people could do this:
> >
> > dev_err(&dev->dev, FW_BUG "interrupts left enabled\n");
> >
> > I think the user-space value derives from having a consistent string
> > to grep for, so this gives you that. I'm not sure what value we get
> > from adding the new FW_PRINT_CRIT()/FW_PRINT_WARN() interfaces in the
> > kernel.
>
> What about this one:
> pr_fw_err() or dev_fw_err() on harmful firmware bugs
> and
> pr_fw_info() on non-harmful but ugly BIOS constructs
> which should not exist, violate the spec or could make
> trouble in the future (maybe Firmware is really better...):
>
> diff --git a/include/linux/device.h b/include/linux/device.h
> index d24a47f..3204cea 100644
> --- a/include/linux/device.h
> +++ b/include/linux/device.h
> @@ -538,6 +538,9 @@ extern const char *dev_driver_string(struct device *dev);
> #define dev_info(dev, format, arg...) \
> dev_printk(KERN_INFO , dev , format , ## arg)
>
> +#define dev_fw_err(dev, format, arg...) \
> + dev_printk(KERN_ERR "[BIOS Bug] ", dev , format , ## arg)
> +
> #ifdef DEBUG
> #define dev_dbg(dev, format, arg...) \
> dev_printk(KERN_DEBUG , dev , format , ## arg)
> diff --git a/include/linux/kernel.h b/include/linux/kernel.h
> index 2651f80..b20f618 100644
> --- a/include/linux/kernel.h
> +++ b/include/linux/kernel.h
> @@ -303,6 +303,12 @@ static inline char *pack_hex_byte(char *buf, u8 byte)
> #define pr_info(fmt, arg...) \
> printk(KERN_INFO fmt, ##arg)
>
> +#define pr_fw_err(fmt, arg...) \
> + printk(KERN_ERR "[BIOS Bug]" fmt, ##arg)
> +
> +#define pr_fw_info(fmt, arg...) \
> + printk(KERN_INFO "[BIOS]" fmt, ##arg)
> +
> #ifdef DEBUG
> /* If you are writing a driver, please use dev_dbg instead */
> #define pr_debug(fmt, arg...) \

What value do we gain by defining dev_fw_err(), pr_fw_err(), and
pr_fw_info(), versus just defining FW_BUG? If they're useful
for something, fine; it's just that I don't know yet what they add.

Bjorn


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