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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 7/9] Documentation: kgdboc: Document new earlycon_kgdboc parameter
Hi,

On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 9:46 AM Daniel Thompson
<daniel.thompson@linaro.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 02:14:45PM -0700, Douglas Anderson wrote:
> > The recent patch ("kgdboc: Add earlycon_kgdboc to support early kgdb
> > using boot consoles") adds a new kernel command line parameter.
> > Document it.
> >
> > Note that the patch adding the feature does some comparing/contrasting
> > of "earlycon_kgdboc" vs. the existing "ekgdboc". See that patch for
> > more details, but briefly "ekgdboc" can be used _instead_ of "kgdboc"
> > and just makes "kgdboc" do its normal initialization early (only works
> > if your tty driver is already ready). The new "earlycon_kgdboc" works
> > in combination with "kgdboc" and is backed by boot consoles.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Douglas Anderson <dianders@chromium.org>
> > ---
> >
> > Changes in v2: None
> >
> > .../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 20 +++++++++++++++++++
> > Documentation/dev-tools/kgdb.rst | 14 +++++++++++++
> > 2 files changed, 34 insertions(+)
> >
> > diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> > index f2a93c8679e8..588625ec2993 100644
> > --- a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> > +++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> > @@ -1132,6 +1132,22 @@
> > address must be provided, and the serial port must
> > already be setup and configured.
> >
> > + earlycon_kgdboc= [KGDB,HW]
> > + If the boot console provides the ability to read
> > + characters and can work in polling mode, you can use
> > + this parameter to tell kgdb to use it as a backend
> > + until the normal console is registered. Intended to
> > + be used together with the kgdboc parameter which
> > + specifies the normal console to transition to.
> > +
> > + The the name of the early console should be specified
> > + as the value of this parameter. Note that the name of
> > + the early console might be different than the tty
> > + name passed to kgdboc. If only one boot console with
> > + a read() function is enabled it's OK to leave the
> > + value blank and the first boot console that implements
> > + read() will be picked.
>
> There's no need for the "If only one boot console with a read()
> funcuiton is enabled" here,
>
> Seeing this in alphabetic order in this patch it also crosses my mind
> that kgdboc_earlycon might be a better name so that is sorts closer
> to the other kgdb options. This is a kgdboc feature that uses earlycon
> not an earlycon feature that uses kgdboc.

OK. 'git format-patch', sed, and 'git am' for the win.


> > +
> > earlyprintk= [X86,SH,ARM,M68k,S390]
> > earlyprintk=vga
> > earlyprintk=sclp
> > @@ -1190,6 +1206,10 @@
> > This is designed to be used in conjunction with
> > the boot argument: earlyprintk=vga
> >
> > + This parameter works in place of the kgdboc parameter
> > + but can only be used if the backing tty is available
> > + very early in the boot process.
> > +
>
> I wonder if pragmatic advice is more useful:
>
> For early debugging via a serial port see earlycon_kgdboc instead.

Done.


> > edd= [EDD]
> > Format: {"off" | "on" | "skip[mbr]"}
> >
> > diff --git a/Documentation/dev-tools/kgdb.rst b/Documentation/dev-tools/kgdb.rst
> > index d38be58f872a..c0b321403d9a 100644
> > --- a/Documentation/dev-tools/kgdb.rst
> > +++ b/Documentation/dev-tools/kgdb.rst
> > @@ -274,6 +274,20 @@ don't like this are to hack gdb to send the :kbd:`SysRq-G` for you as well as
> > on the initial connect, or to use a debugger proxy that allows an
> > unmodified gdb to do the debugging.
> >
> > +Kernel parameter: ``earlycon_kgdboc``
> > +-------------------------------------
> > +
> > +If you specify the kernel parameter ``earlycon_kgdboc`` and your serial
> > +driver registers a boot console that supports polling (doesn't need
> > +interrupts and implements a nonblocking read() function) kgdb will attempt
> > +to work using the boot console until it can transition to the regular
> > +tty driver specified by the ``kgdboc`` parameter.
> > +
> > +Normally there is only one boot console (especially that implements the
> > +read() function) so just adding ``earlycon_kgdboc`` on its own is
> > +sufficient to make this work. If you have more than one boot console you
> > +can add the boot console's name to differentiate.
> > +
>
> I think we need an example here. The example in the patch header for
> the previous patch was useful (at least for me).

Done.

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