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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/4] platform/x86: intel_pmc_core: Show Latency Tolerance info
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On Tue, 2018-10-30 at 20:33 +0200, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 8:03 PM Srinivas Pandruvada
> <srinivas.pandruvada@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>
> > > > Index printing is required here (for LTR Show and LTR Ignore)
> > > > because it
> > > > paves an obvious and easy way for the users of this driver to
> > > > know
> > > > the
> > > > IP number to be used for LTR ignore. This was specifically
> > > > requested by
> > > > some customer and Srinivas asked me to implement this so adding
> > > > him
> > > > for
> > > > his inputs.
> > >
> > > So, why it should be in kernel? When user prints this, they
> > > usually
> > > call `cat /.../file`, right?
> > > Is it too hard to call `cat -n /.../file` instead? The benefit of
> > > such
> > > approach is that it's independent on the file we are printing.
> > >
> > > (Note, `grep -n <PATTERN> /.../file` does the same`)
> > >
> > > For more variants
> > >
> >
> >
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8206370/add-numbers-to-the-beginning-of-every-line-in-a-file
> > >
> >
> > We get copy/paste data from some serial terminals from systems
> > which
> > don't have traditional linux shell or busy box. Not sure if they
> > can do
> > cat "-n" option or have this command at all. So line number helps.
> > They
> > can't even store output as as file as this is RO file system.
>
> Hmm... I'm not following this. If there is serial connection where at
> least you may see things, how it's guaranteed that it will not print
> more enough to rewrite the DTE's input buffer?
No guarantee, This is just best effort.
We get something like this from emails:

Device S-state Status Sysfs node BR1A S4 *disabled pci:
0000:00:01.0 BR1B S4 *disabled BR2A S4 *disabled pci:
0000:00:02.0

Any line marker helps. But again this is not a hard requirement.
There will always be argument, that this can be done in other ways.

For sake of time discussing this:

Rajneesh,
Please get rid of index printing.

> On the other hand if you copy the data to the other system which, I
> bet, has `cat -n` available, not a problem either.
>
> So, the use case here, AFAICS, if you have a debug log enabled and
> it's spitted out like SysRq where you can see, but not able to copy
> and it's guaranteed not to overflow on the screen / output device.
>
> > But I am not as sticky on this.
>
> Since it's a debugfs and not any ABI implied, I'm fine with it to
> have, but I would like to understand the real use case of it (and
> this
> definitely should be reflected in the commit message).
>

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