Re: [PATCH] lib/vsprintf: add %pT[C012] format specifier
From: Andrew Morton
Date: Sat Dec 28 2013 - 14:23:23 EST
On Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:57:50 +0100 Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > If we introduce a character which compiler does not know that follows the %
> > character, compiler would be confused when checking type of corresponding
> > argument.
> >> I wonder if there's some way in which we can invent a vsprintf token
> >> which means "insert corrent->comm here" and which doesn't require that
> >> the caller pass in the additional argument?
> > Therefore, if we want to omit passing corresponding argument, we should not
> > introduce new character which compiler does not know that follows the %
> > character.
> > Also, % is the only character which everybody knows that it is reserved for the
> > beginning of format specifier and %% is the only characters which everybody
> > knows that it is reserved for literal % character.
> > Therefore, what we could do for printing current thread's attributes would be
> > either reserve a new character and add EXTENSION like
> > pr_warn("$comm$: hair on fire\n");
> > pr_warn("Process $pid$: hair on fire\n");
> > or add EXTENSION after the %% characters like
> > pr_warn("%%comm%%: hair on fire\n");
> > pr_warn("Process %%pid%%: hair on fire\n");
> ESC sequences? So far printk() doesn't parse them (a bit unfortunate, as I
> always liked the idea of printing error messages in red, warnings in yellow,
> Is any of the "\x" (backslash + character) unused and thus available?
I guess control characters would work.
#define PRINTK_COMM "\001"
#define PRINTK_PID "\002"
#define PRINTK_TASK_ID "\003" /* "comm:pid" */
printk(PRINTK_TASK_ID ": hair on fire\n");
It's certainly compact. I doubt if there's any existing code which
deliberately prints control chars?
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