Re: Additional fix : (was [v2]printk: fix delayed messages from CPUhotplug events)

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Tue Aug 03 2010 - 19:59:48 EST

On Tue, 3 Aug 2010 13:03:25 +0530
"Shilimkar, Santosh" <santosh.shilimkar@xxxxxx> wrote:

> > thought that those events simply aren't occurring, and that the patch
> > has no effect. Confused - please explain further.
> These events can come during the CPU hotplug(offline). Below is the
> complete patch. Also attaching it in case some email format screw
> up.
> -----------------------------------------------
> >From b99271ce43cc82cda28447444004933d0f218ee3 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> From: Santosh Shilimkar <santosh.shilimkar@xxxxxx>
> Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:58:22 +0530
> Subject: [PATCH] console: flush delayed log messages from cpu-hotplug events
> When a secondary CPU is being brought up, it is not uncommon for
> printk() to be invoked when cpu_online(smp_processor_id()) == 0. The
> case that I witnessed personally was on MIPS:
> If (can_use_console() == 0), printk() will spool its output to log_buf
> and it will be visible in "dmesg", but that output will NOT be echoed to
> the console until somebody calls release_console_sem() from a CPU that
> is online. Therefore, the boot time messages from the new CPU can get
> stuck in "limbo" for a long time, and might suddenly appear on the
> screen when a completely unrelated event (e.g. "eth0: link is down")
> occurs.
> This patch modifies the console code so that any pending messages are
> automatically flushed out to the console whenever a CPU hotplug
> operation completes successfully or aborts.
> This is true even when CPU is getting hot-plugged out(offline) so
> need to add additional hotplug events.
> The issue was seen on 2.6.34.
> Signed-off-by: Santosh Shilimkar <santosh.shilimkar@xxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Kevin Cernekee <cernekee@xxxxxxxxx>

An older version of this patch is present in linux-next, committed by
Paul Mundt, who wasn't cc'ed here(!).

Paul, please update. Be aware that the version of the patch to which I
replied is also not the latest.

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