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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v1 10/25] printk: redirect emit/store to new ringbuffer
On 2019-02-22, Petr Mladek <> wrote:
>>>> + rbuf = prb_reserve(&h, &sprint_rb, PRINTK_SPRINT_MAX);
>>> The second ring buffer for temporary buffers is really interesting
>>> idea.
>>> Well, it brings some questions. For example, how many users might
>>> need a reservation in parallel. Or if the nested use might cause
>>> some problems when we decide to use printk-specific ring buffer
>>> implementation. I still have to think about it.
>> Keep in mind that it is only used by the writers, which have the
>> prb_cpulock. Typically there would only be 2 max users: a non-NMI
>> writer that was interrupted during the reserve/commit window and the
>> interrupting NMI that does printk. The only exception would be if the
>> printk-code code itself triggers a BUG_ON or WARN_ON within the
>> reserve/commit window. Then you will have an additional user per
>> recursion level.
> I am not sure it is worth to call the ring buffer machinery just
> to handle 2-3 buffers.

It may be slightly overkill, but:

1. We have the prb_cpulock at this point anyway, so it will be
fast. (Both ring buffers share the same prb_cpulock.)

2. Getting a safe buffer is just 1 line of code: prb_reserve()

3. Why should we waste _any_ lines of code implementing the handling of
these special 3-4 buffers?

> Well, it might be just my mental block. We need to be really careful
> to avoid infinite recursion when storing messages into the log
> buffer.

The recursion works well. I inserted a triggerable BUG_ON() in
vprintk_emit() _within_ the reserve/commit window and I see a clean
backtrace on the emergency console.

John Ogness

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