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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] netconsole: implement extended console support
On Mon, 11 May 2015 12:41:34 -0400 Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> wrote:

> printk logbuf keeps various metadata and optional key=value dictionary
> for structured messages, both of which are stripped when messages are
> handed to regular console drivers.
>
> It can be useful to have this metadata and dictionary available to
> netconsole consumers. This obviously makes logging via netconsole
> more complete and the sequence number in particular is useful in
> environments where messages may be lost or reordered in transit -
> e.g. when netconsole is used to collect messages in a large cluster
> where packets may have to travel congested hops to reach the
> aggregator. The lost and reordered messages can easily be identified
> and handled accordingly using the sequence numbers.
>
> printk recently added extended console support which can be selected
> by setting CON_EXTENDED flag.

There's no such thing as CON_EXTENDED. Not sure what this is trying to
say.

> From console driver side, not much
> changes. The only difference is that the text passed to the write
> callback is formatted the same way as /dev/kmsg.
>
> This patch implements extended console support for netconsole which
> can be enabled by either prepending "+" to a netconsole boot param
> entry or echoing 1 to "extended" file in configfs. When enabled,
> netconsole transmits extended log messages with headers identical to
> /dev/kmsg output.
>
> There's one complication due to message fragments. netconsole limits
> the maximum message size to 1k and messages longer than that are split
> into multiple fragments. As all extended console messages should
> carry matching headers and be uniquely identifiable, each extended
> message fragment carries full copy of the metadata and an extra header
> field to identify the specific fragment. The optional header is of
> the form "ncfrag=OFF/LEN" where OFF is the byte offset into the
> message body and LEN is the total length.
>
> To avoid unnecessarily making printk format extended messages,
> Extended netconsole is registered with printk when the first extended
> netconsole is configured.
>
> ...
>
> +static ssize_t store_extended(struct netconsole_target *nt,
> + const char *buf,
> + size_t count)
> +{
> + int extended;
> + int err;
> +
> + if (nt->enabled) {
> + pr_err("target (%s) is enabled, disable to update parameters\n",
> + config_item_name(&nt->item));
> + return -EINVAL;
> + }

What's the reason for the above?

It's unclear (to me, at least ;)) what "disable" means? Specifically
what steps must the operator take to successfully perform this
operation? A sentence detailing those steps in netconsole.txt would be
nice.

> + err = kstrtoint(buf, 10, &extended);
> + if (err < 0)
> + return err;
> + if (extended < 0 || extended > 1)
> + return -EINVAL;
> +
> + nt->extended = extended;
> +
> + return strnlen(buf, count);
> +}
> +
>
> ...
>
> +static void send_ext_msg_udp(struct netconsole_target *nt, const char *msg,
> + int msg_len)
> +{
> + static char buf[MAX_PRINT_CHUNK];
> + const char *header, *body;
> + int offset = 0;
> + int header_len, body_len;
> +
> + if (msg_len <= MAX_PRINT_CHUNK) {
> + netpoll_send_udp(&nt->np, msg, msg_len);
> + return;
> + }
> +
> + /* need to insert extra header fields, detect header and body */
> + header = msg;
> + body = memchr(msg, ';', msg_len);
> + if (WARN_ON_ONCE(!body))
> + return;
> +
> + header_len = body - header;
> + body_len = msg_len - header_len - 1;
> + body++;
> +
> + /*
> + * Transfer multiple chunks with the following extra header.
> + * "ncfrag=<byte-offset>/<total-bytes>"
> + */
> + memcpy(buf, header, header_len);
> +
> + while (offset < body_len) {
> + int this_header = header_len;
> + int this_chunk;
> +
> + this_header += scnprintf(buf + this_header,
> + sizeof(buf) - this_header,
> + ",ncfrag=%d/%d;", offset, body_len);
> +
> + this_chunk = min(body_len - offset,
> + MAX_PRINT_CHUNK - this_header);
> + if (WARN_ON_ONCE(this_chunk <= 0))
> + return;
> +
> + memcpy(buf + this_header, body + offset, this_chunk);
> +
> + netpoll_send_udp(&nt->np, buf, this_header + this_chunk);
> +
> + offset += this_chunk;
> + }

What protects `buf'? console_sem, I assume?

- static char buf[MAX_PRINT_CHUNK];
+ static char buf[MAX_PRINT_CHUNK]; /* Protected by console_sem */

wouldn't hurt.

> +}
> +
> +static void write_ext_msg(struct console *con, const char *msg,


I've forgotten what's happening with this patchset. There were a few
design-level issues raised against an earlier version. What were those
and how have they been addressed?



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