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From: Tetsuo Handa <penguin-kernel@i-love.sakura.ne.jp>
To: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>, Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com>
Cc: Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky.work@gmail.com>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky@gmail.com>,
	Dmitriy Vyukov <dvyukov@google.com>,
	Alexander Potapenko <glider@google.com>,
	Fengguang Wu <fengguang.wu@intel.com>,
	Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@redhat.com>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, Ingo Molnar <mingo@redhat.com>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>,
	Will Deacon <will.deacon@arm.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/3] lockdep: Use line-buffered printk() for lockdep messages.
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:24:55 +0900	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <6422717f-db27-8ba8-1183-ccb9f0400fc3@i-love.sakura.ne.jp> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20181123105634.4956c255@vmware.local.home>

On 2018/11/24 0:56, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:46:47 +0100
> Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com> wrote:
> 
>> Steven told me on Plumbers conference that even few initial
>> characters saved him a day few times.
> 
> Yes, and that has happened more than once. I would reboot and retest
> code that is crashing, and due to a triple fault, the machine would
> reboot because of some race, and the little output I get from the
> console would help tremendously.
> 
> Remember, debugging the kernel is a lot like forensics, especially when
> it's from a customer's site. You look at all the evidence that you can
> get, and sometimes it's just 10 characters in the output that gives you
> an idea of where things went wrong. I'm really not liking the buffering
> idea because of this.

Then, we should not enforce buffering in a way that requires modification of
printk() callers. That is, we should not ask printk() callers to use their
private buffer. What we can do is to enable/disable line buffering inside
printk() depending on the problem the user wants to debug.

Also, we should allow disabling "struct cont" depending on the problem (in
order to allow flushing the 10 characters in the "cont" buffer).



By the way, is the comment

  /*
   * Continuation lines are buffered, and not committed to the record buffer
   * until the line is complete, or a race forces it. The line fragments
   * though, are printed immediately to the consoles to ensure everything has
   * reached the console in case of a kernel crash.
   */

appropriate despite we don't call cont_flush() upon a kernel crash?


  reply	other threads:[~2018-11-24  0:25 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 55+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-02 13:31 [PATCH v6 1/3] printk: Add line-buffered printk() API Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-02 13:31 ` [PATCH 2/3] mm: Use line-buffered printk() for show_free_areas() Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-07 14:07   ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-02 13:31 ` [PATCH 3/3] lockdep: Use line-buffered printk() for lockdep messages Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-02 13:36   ` Peter Zijlstra
2018-11-03  2:00     ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-06  8:38     ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-06  9:05       ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-06 12:57         ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-06  9:56       ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-07 15:19   ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-08  4:45     ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-08 11:37       ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-09  6:12         ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-09  9:55           ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-09 15:43             ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-10  2:42               ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-23 12:46                 ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-23 13:12                   ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-23 15:56                   ` Steven Rostedt
2018-11-24  0:24                     ` Tetsuo Handa [this message]
2018-11-26  4:34                       ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-28 13:29                     ` David Laight
2018-11-29 10:09                       ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-30 16:01                         ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-10  8:52               ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-23 12:52                 ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-09 14:08           ` Linus Torvalds
2018-11-09 14:42             ` Steven Rostedt
2018-11-08 11:53       ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-08 12:44         ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-08 14:21           ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-09  9:54     ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-02 14:40 ` [PATCH v6 1/3] printk: Add line-buffered printk() API Matthew Wilcox
2018-11-03  1:55   ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-02 18:12 ` kbuild test robot
2018-11-02 18:12   ` kbuild test robot
2018-11-06 14:35 ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-07 10:21   ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-07 12:54     ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-08  2:21     ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-08 11:24       ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-08 11:46         ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-08 12:30         ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-09 14:10           ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-12  7:59             ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-12 10:42               ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-17 10:14               ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-07 10:52   ` Tetsuo Handa
2018-11-07 11:01     ` David Laight
2018-11-07 12:00       ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-07 11:45     ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-08  2:30     ` Sergey Senozhatsky
2018-11-07 13:41 ` Petr Mladek
2018-11-07 14:06 ` Petr Mladek

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