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SubjectRe: [PATCH] printk: Add caller information to printk() output.
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On 2018/12/01 0:40, Petr Mladek wrote:
>> Some examples for console output:
>>
>> [ 0.293000] [T1] smpboot: CPU0: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4440S CPU @ 2.80GHz (family: 0x6, model: 0x3c, stepping: 0x3)
>> [ 0.299733] [T1] Performance Events: Haswell events, core PMU driver.
>> [ 2.813808] [T35] clocksource: Switched to clocksource tsc
>> [ 2.893984] [C0] random: fast init done
> ^
>
> Please, remove the space between the timestamp and the from field.

This space was emitted by print_time(). Do we want to modify print_time()
not to emit this space if the from field is printed?

If we modify print_time(), I think that the leading spaces inserted by "%5lu"
makes little sense, for "%5lu" is too small for systems with uptime >= 1.16 days
and parsers after all cannot assume fixed length for the timestamp field. Then,
we could change from "%5lu.%06lu" to "%lu.%06lu" so that parsers (like /bin/awk)
can get prefix part using white spaces as a delimiter.

If we want to reduce space, do we want to do like

[0.293000@T1] smpboot: CPU0: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4440S CPU @ 2.80GHz (family: 0x6, model: 0x3c, stepping: 0x3)
[0.299733@T1] Performance Events: Haswell events, core PMU driver.
[2.813808@T35] clocksource: Switched to clocksource tsc
[2.893984@C0] random: fast init done

(if printk_time = true) or

[@T1] smpboot: CPU0: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4440S CPU @ 2.80GHz (family: 0x6, model: 0x3c, stepping: 0x3)
[@T1] Performance Events: Haswell events, core PMU driver.
[@T35] clocksource: Switched to clocksource tsc
[@C0] random: fast init done

(if printk_time = false) ?

Dmitry, what format/delimiter is convenient for parsing by syzbot?

>> @@ -1037,6 +1054,9 @@ void log_buf_vmcoreinfo_setup(void)
>> VMCOREINFO_OFFSET(printk_log, len);
>> VMCOREINFO_OFFSET(printk_log, text_len);
>> VMCOREINFO_OFFSET(printk_log, dict_len);
>> +#ifdef CONFIG_PRINTK_FROM
>> + VMCOREINFO_OFFSET(printk_log, from_id);
>> +#endif
>
> The crash tool would need to be updated if anyone wanted to read
> the log from the extended structure. Well, it might be done later
> if people start using it more widely.

Since syzbot can utilize output from only normal consoles, I can
keep extended records unmodified for now.

>
> I think about adding one more filed "u8 version". It would help
> to solve the external compatibility in the long term.

/dev/kmsg format allows adding more fields, but that format did not define
how to tell what fields are there. If fields are conditionally added by
kernel config options, I don't think that "u8 version" field helps.
Unless we add fields unconditionally, we will need to use $name=$value
(where $name and $value must not contain ',' and ';') representation.

> Anyway, I like this feature. It is compatible with /dev/kmsg
> format. dmesg works well. It helps to sort any mixed output
> from both full and continuous lines.

OK, let's refine this approach.

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