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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 2/2] tty/sysrq: Add configurable handler to execute a compound action
On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 05:06:54PM +0200, Andrzej Pietrasiewicz wrote:
> Hi,
>
> W dniu 02.10.2020 o 16:02, Greg Kroah-Hartman pisze:
> > On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 03:42:52PM +0200, Andrzej Pietrasiewicz wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > W dniu 02.10.2020 o 14:54, Greg Kroah-Hartman pisze:
> > > > On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 01:28:25PM +0200, Andrzej Pietrasiewicz wrote:
> > > > > Userland might want to execute e.g. 'w' (show blocked tasks), followed
> > > > > by 's' (sync), followed by 1000 ms delay and then followed by 'c' (crash)
> > > > > upon a single magic SysRq. Or one might want to execute the famous "Raising
> > > > > Elephants Is So Utterly Boring" action. This patch adds a configurable
> > > > > handler, triggered with 'C', for this exact purpose. The user specifies the
> > > > > composition of the compound action using syntax similar to getopt, where
> > > > > each letter corresponds to an individual action and a colon followed by a
> > > > > number corresponds to a delay of that many milliseconds, e.g.:
> > > > >
> > > > > ws:1000c
> > > > >
> > > > > or
> > > > >
> > > > > r:100eis:1000ub
> > > >
> > > > A macro language for sysrq commands, who would have thought...
> > > >
> > > > Anyway, _why_ would userland want to do something so crazy as this?
> > > > What is the use-case here?
> > > >
> > >
> > > A use-case is Chromebooks which do want to execute 'w', 's',
> > > wait 1000ms and then 'c' under one key combination. Having that supported
> > > upstream brings us one little step closer to those machines running
> > > upstream kernel.
> >
> > Who is causing that to "execute"? Some daemon/program?
>
> No, as far as I know they patch the kernel to change the behavior
> of Sysrq-x combination, so the "execution" is triggered by the user.

So this isn't coming from the chromeos team, so there is no guarantee
that they will switch to this if it is merged?

> > > Another argument for such a "macro language" is when a machine's system
> > > keeps degrading over time, possibly degrading (relatively) fast.
> > > "Raising Elephants Is So Utterly Boring" consists of 6 actions, each
> > > of which requires pressing several keys. The user might be unable
> > > to complete all the 6 steps, while a "macro" requires user's involvement
> > > for carrying out just one step.
> >
> > So you want to "preload" some commands ahead of time, for when you get
> > in trouble
> It can be said this way, yes.
>
> >
> > These should just be debugging / last resort types of things, how
> > regular are they being used in your systems?
> >
>
> The "REISUB" itself is a kind of a last resort thing.
>
> It is true that it's not a very frequent situation, but does its being rare
> preclude having such a function in the kernel?
>
> While preparing this patch I wanted it to be flexible, but perhaps it is
> too flexible for some reason? If the permissions of the module_param's
> sysfs entry were changed to 0444 would it be better? Then the compound
> action would still be configurable but only at boot time rather than at
> boot time _and_ runtime.

I don't have an issue with it happening at runtime and boot time, just
that this is adding additional complexity to the kernel (parsers are
fun!) for no real-world user.

thanks,

greg k-h

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