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Subject[PATCH v2] printk: Do not lose last line in kmsg buffer dump
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kmsg_dump_get_buffer() is supposed to select all the youngest log
messages which fit into the provided buffer. It determines the correct
start index by using msg_print_text() with a NULL buffer to calculate
the size of each entry. However, when performing the actual writes,
msg_print_text() only writes the entry to the buffer if the written len
is lesser than the size of the buffer. So if the lengths of the
selected youngest log messages happen to precisely fill up the provided
buffer, the last log message is not included.

We don't want to modify msg_print_text() to fill up the buffer and start
returning a length which is equal to the size of the buffer, since
callers of its other users, such as kmsg_dump_get_line(), depend upon
the current behaviour.

Instead, fix kmsg_dump_get_buffer() to compensate for this.

For example, with the following two final prints:

[ 6.427502] AAAAAAAAAAAAA
[ 6.427769] BBBBBBBB12345

A dump of a 64-byte buffer filled by kmsg_dump_get_buffer(), before this
patch:

00000000: 3c 30 3e 5b 20 20 20 20 36 2e 35 32 32 31 39 37 <0>[ 6.522197
00000010: 5d 20 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 0a ] AAAAAAAAAAAAA.
00000020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00000030: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................

After this patch:

00000000: 3c 30 3e 5b 20 20 20 20 36 2e 34 35 36 36 37 38 <0>[ 6.456678
00000010: 5d 20 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 31 32 33 34 35 0a ] BBBBBBBB12345.
00000020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
00000030: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................

Signed-off-by: Vincent Whitchurch <vincent.whitchurch@axis.com>
---
v2: Move fix to kmsg_dump_get_buffer()

kernel/printk/printk.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/printk/printk.c b/kernel/printk/printk.c
index 1888f6a3b694..424abf802f02 100644
--- a/kernel/printk/printk.c
+++ b/kernel/printk/printk.c
@@ -3274,7 +3274,7 @@ bool kmsg_dump_get_buffer(struct kmsg_dumper *dumper, bool syslog,
/* move first record forward until length fits into the buffer */
seq = dumper->cur_seq;
idx = dumper->cur_idx;
- while (l > size && seq < dumper->next_seq) {
+ while (l >= size && seq < dumper->next_seq) {
struct printk_log *msg = log_from_idx(idx);

l -= msg_print_text(msg, true, time, NULL, 0);
--
2.20.0
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