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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v4 2/2] printk: Add kernel parameter to control writes to /dev/kmsg
On 07/15/16 at 02:45pm, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 02:21:09PM +0800, Dave Young wrote:
> > Sorry for jumping in late. But I just see this today and I really like the
> > idea to add a switch to turn off the kmsg writing from userspace because
> > I suffer from it also.
> Thanks, I'll send v5 soon.
> > I may missed the background, what is the reason for "ratelimit"? It sounds
> > a little odd. I think use default "on" should be safe to keep same behavior
> > as before.
> Yeah, so we want to ratelimit by default so that excessive logging
> doesn't disturb system operation. People who want to see all that
> blubber can do so with "on" so they should be taken care of too.

Ratelimit the writing to kmsg sounds not a good way, the ratelimit use cases
are for "callbacks" being mentioned in other thread. Basiclly specific
printk from same line of a function will be suppressed, that means the
supressed messages are somehow same error/message/warnings. But different
writings to /dev/msg could be from different userspace software so that the
messages being supressed could be different and the *ratelimit* is not
fine-grained as *ratelimt* supposed to be.

Mis-ratelimit cause critical userspace messages being lost, that is worse
than use off as default. Suppose we turn off devkmsg by default distributions
can still turn on it with sysctl and for us who do not want the flooding we can
use printk.devkmsg=off in kernel cmdline to override it.

Of course if we turn off it by default we can print a warning to alert user.

BTW, for userspace messages maybe they should not go to same log buffer, maybe
a separate log buffer for /dev/msg will be better.


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