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Subject[PATCH printk v5 0/6] printk: reimplement LOG_CONT handling

Here is v5 for the second series to rework the printk subsystem.
(The v4 is here [0].) This series implements a new ringbuffer
feature that allows the last record to be extended. Petr Mladek
provided the initial proof of concept [1] for this.

Using the record extension feature, LOG_CONT is re-implemented
in a way that exactly preserves its behavior, but avoids the
need for an extra buffer. In particular, it avoids the need for
any synchronization that such a buffer requires.

This series deviates from the agreements [2] made at the meeting
during LPC2019 in Lisbon. The test results of the v1 series,
which implemented LOG_CONT as agreed upon, showed that the
effects on existing userspace tools using /dev/kmsg (journalctl,
dmesg) were not acceptable [3].

Patch 5 introduces *four* new memory barrier pairs. Two of them
are insignificant additions (data_realloc:A/desc_read:D and
data_realloc:A/data_push_tail:B) because they are alternate path
memory barriers that exactly match the purpose and context of
the two existing memory barrier pairs they provide an alternate
path for. The other two new memory barrier pairs are significant

desc_reopen_last:A / _prb_commit:B - When reopening a descriptor,
ensure the state transitions back to desc_reserved before
fully trusting the descriptor data.

_prb_commit:B / desc_reserve:D - When committing a descriptor,
ensure the state transitions to desc_committed before checking
the head ID to see if the descriptor needs to be finalized.

The test module used to test the ringbuffer is available
here [4].

The series is based on the printk-rework branch of the printk git

e60768311af8 ("scripts/gdb: update for lockless printk ringbuffer")

The list of changes since v4:


- desc_read(): revert setting @state_var when inconsistent (a
separate series [5] is addressing this bug)

- desc_reserve(): use DESC_SV() when setting reserved

- data_realloc(): also do nothing if the size is the same

- prb_reserve_in_last(): adjust dataless checks/warnings to match
the non-dataless case

- prb_reserve_in_last(): fix length modifier in warnings

- change comments about "state flags" to just talk about "states"

John Ogness


John Ogness (6):
printk: ringbuffer: relocate get_data()
printk: ringbuffer: add BLK_DATALESS() macro
printk: ringbuffer: clear initial reserved fields
printk: ringbuffer: change representation of states
printk: ringbuffer: add finalization/extension support
printk: reimplement log_cont using record extension

Documentation/admin-guide/kdump/gdbmacros.txt | 13 +-
kernel/printk/printk.c | 110 +--
kernel/printk/printk_ringbuffer.c | 683 ++++++++++++++----
kernel/printk/printk_ringbuffer.h | 35 +-
scripts/gdb/linux/ | 12 +-
5 files changed, 615 insertions(+), 238 deletions(-)


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