Re: [PATCH RESEND 1/3] printk: convert byte-buffer to variable-lengthrecord buffer

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Tue May 08 2012 - 23:53:06 EST

On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 4:14 AM, Kay Sievers <kay@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Yeah, we need to make sure, we never merge the (always racy)
> continuation printk() users with (non-racy) non-continuation users.
> Therefore KERN_CONT is required to suppress the newline and to merge the
> content with the earlier non-newline-terminated printk() line.


I really think this is just a bug in the new code.

KERN_CONT should not be needed if the previous printk didn't have a final "\n".

We made it easier to use printk for a reason a few months ago. The new
rules are:

- If you have a KERN_<loglevel>, it *always* starts a new line, the
obvious exception being KERN_CONT

- the loglevels *only* matter at the start of the printk - so if you
have '\n' embedded in a single printk, that changes nothing
what-so-ever. It's not line-based.

- if you didn't have a '\n', and don't have a loglevel, KERN_CONT is implied.

Quite frankly, those three rules (a) make sense and (b) make things easy.

Breaking them now is a bug. Please don't go adding ugly KERN_CONT when
there really isn't any reason for it. Just fix the printk code you

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