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Subject[PATCH 0/3] support setting sysctl parameters from kernel command line
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This series adds support for something that seems like many people always
wanted but nobody added it yet, so here's the ability to set sysctl parameters
via kernel command line options in the form of sysctl.vm.something=1

The important part is Patch 1. The second, not so important part is an attempt
to clean up legacy one-off parameters that do the same thing as a sysctl.
I don't want to remove them completely for compatibility reasons, but with
generic sysctl support the idea is to remove the one-off param handlers and
treat the parameters as aliases for the sysctl variants.

I have identified several parameters that mention sysctl counterparts in
Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt but there might be more. The
conversion also has varying level of success:

- numa_zonelist_order is converted in Patch 2 together with adding the
necessary infrastructure. It's easy as it doesn't really do anything but warn
on deprecated value these days.
- hung_task_panic is converted in Patch 3, but there's a downside that now it
only accepts 0 and 1, while previously it was any integer value
- nmi_watchdog maps to two sysctls nmi_watchdog and hardlockup_panic, so
there's no straighforward conversion possible
- traceoff_on_warning is a flag without value and it would be required to
handle that somehow in the conversion infractructure, which seems pointless
for a single flag

Anyway I hope that Patch 1 is mature enough to go regardless of the fate of the
less important second part.

Changes since RFCv2
- make proc_mnt internal to functions (Kees)
- use kasprintf when building path (Kees)
- improve error reporting - common errnos are translated to more obvious
messages and the rest uses %pe

Vlastimil Babka (3):
kernel/sysctl: support setting sysctl parameters from kernel command
line
kernel/sysctl: support handling command line aliases
kernel/hung_task convert hung_task_panic boot parameter to sysctl

.../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 11 +-
fs/proc/proc_sysctl.c | 135 ++++++++++++++++++
include/linux/sysctl.h | 4 +
init/main.c | 2 +
kernel/hung_task.c | 10 --
mm/page_alloc.c | 9 --
6 files changed, 151 insertions(+), 20 deletions(-)

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2.25.1

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