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SubjectRe: [tip:tracing/urgent] tracing: Fix trace_marker output
Olof,

> On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 10:24:48AM +0000, tip-bot for Carsten Emde wrote:
>> Commit-ID: c13d2f7c3231e873f30db92b96c8caa48f100f33
>> Gitweb: http://git.kernel.org/tip/c13d2f7c3231e873f30db92b96c8caa48f100f33
>> Author: Carsten Emde<Carsten.Emde@osadl.org>
>> AuthorDate: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 20:56:13 +0100
>> Committer: Steven Rostedt<rostedt@goodmis.org>
>> CommitDate: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 09:19:06 -0500
>> tracing: Fix trace_marker output
>> When a string was written to<debugfs>/tracing/trace_marker, some
>> strange characters appeared in the trace output instead of the
>> string, since a vprint function erroneously called a vararg print
>> function with a va_list argument. This patch fixes the problem and
>> simplifies the related code.
>
> [...]
>
>> diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.c b/kernel/trace/trace.c
>> index 03c7fd5..12b49ca 100644
>> --- a/kernel/trace/trace.c
>> +++ b/kernel/trace/trace.c
>> @@ -1361,10 +1361,11 @@ int trace_array_vprintk(struct trace_array *tr,
>> pause_graph_tracing();
>> raw_local_irq_save(irq_flags);
>> __raw_spin_lock(&trace_buf_lock);
>> - len = vsnprintf(trace_buf, TRACE_BUF_SIZE, fmt, args);
>> -
>> - len = min(len, TRACE_BUF_SIZE-1);
>> - trace_buf[len] = 0;
>> + if (args == NULL) {
>> + strncpy(trace_buf, fmt, TRACE_BUF_SIZE);
>> + len = strlen(trace_buf);
>> + } else
>> + len = vsnprintf(trace_buf, TRACE_BUF_SIZE, fmt, args);
> Comparing a va_list with NULL is bogus. It's supposed to be treated like
> an opaque type and only be manipulated with va_* accessors.
>
> I wouldn't really care much, but it broke builds on some ARM platforms:
>
> kernel/trace/trace.c: In function 'trace_array_vprintk':
> kernel/trace/trace.c:1364: error: invalid operands to binary == (have 'va_list' and 'void *')
> kernel/trace/trace.c: In function 'tracing_mark_write':
> kernel/trace/trace.c:3349: error: incompatible type for argument 3 of 'trace_vprintk'
Oops, sorry. Didn't know that the gcc warn/error level is so much
different across platforms.

>[..]
> Oh, and I haven't had a chance to actually test and make sure it does
> what is expected, since I don't have a testcase for it.
The testcase is:
# cd /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/
[root@deliv1 tracing]# echo "I am a marker" >trace_marker
[root@deliv1 tracing]# tail -1 trace
bash-6347 [002] 303160.793532: 0: I am a marker

> + ret = trace_vprintk(ip, "%s", ap);
This prevents the '%' character to be used in an output string. If used,
it may horribly crash the kernel.

I'll investigate the situation further and try to come back with a
better solution.

Carsten.


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