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SubjectRe: [PATCH printk 2/5] printk: kmsg_dump_rewind_nolock: start from first record
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On 2020-09-23, Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com> 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.

Correct.

> 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.

Until now I have avoided using atomic64 types. Perhaps my reluctance to
use this type is unfounded. Using an atomic64 for @clear_seq would free
it from needing to be protected by @syslog_lock.

John Ogness

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