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SubjectRegression - /proc/kmsg does not (always) block for 1-byte reads
On Fri, 6 Jul 2012 20:45:44 +0300
Jukka Ollila <> wrote:

> Hello,
> A few days ago I filed a kernel regression report concerning a change
> in /proc/kmsg behaviour with short reads:
> The comments suggest that this is probably intentional, but that it
> would be best make sure that the current semantics wrt short reads are
> as intended.
> The problem appears on a Debian (unstable) system that drains
> /proc/kmsg into a separate fifo read by klogd(8):
> /bin/dd bs=1 if=/proc/kmsg of=/var/run/klogd/kmsg
> With the recent kernel logging changes this /bin/dd exits immediately,
> as 1-byte reads are shorter than any log message could possibly be and
> read() returns 0. No dd feeding the fifo results in no logging and a
> rather unhappy klogd on the reading end of /var/run/klogd/kmsg.
> I suppose a safe solution is to only do reads that are big enough for
> any single kernel message, but this is still a change that affects
> user space being shipped, so some might find it surprising.
> I don't know what other distros do. Is it just Debian being the odd one out?

If this is observed on an actual standard distro userspace and breaks it
then its a regression and it needs fixing or reverting.

Cc'ing Linus

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