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SubjectRe: [PATCH printk 2/5] printk: kmsg_dump_rewind_nolock: start from first record
On Tue 2020-09-22 17:44:13, John Ogness wrote:
> kmsg_dump_rewind_nolock() accesses @clear_seq without any locking.
> However, accessing this global variable requires holding
> @logbuf_lock. For the _nolock() variant, start from the first record
> in the ringbuffer rather than the @clear_seq record.

> Signed-off-by: John Ogness <john.ogness@linutronix.de>
> ---
> kernel/printk/printk.c | 8 +++++---
> 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/kernel/printk/printk.c b/kernel/printk/printk.c
> index 00bc1fce3299..cff13b33e926 100644
> --- a/kernel/printk/printk.c
> +++ b/kernel/printk/printk.c
> @@ -3410,11 +3410,12 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(kmsg_dump_get_buffer);
> * kmsg_dump_get_buffer() can be called again and used multiple
> * times within the same dumper.dump() callback.
> *
> - * The function is similar to kmsg_dump_rewind(), but grabs no locks.
> + * The function is similar to kmsg_dump_rewind(), but grabs no locks
> + * and starts from the oldest record rather than from @clear_seq.
> */
> void kmsg_dump_rewind_nolock(struct kmsg_dumper *dumper)
> {
> - dumper->cur_seq = clear_seq;
> + dumper->cur_seq = 0;

Just to understand it. Is the problem that the value might be in
an inconsistent state?

I mean that it might be modified by more instructions, for example,
because of compiler optimizations or on 32-bit system by definition.

I still have to look at the later patches. But it seems that
the new syslog_lock is taken mostly only around reading or
writing the global @clear_seq variable. Atomic variable might
do the same job.

Best Regards,
Petr

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