Re: [PATCH 3/3] printk: implement support for extended console drivers

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Thu Apr 30 2015 - 18:15:41 EST

On Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:12:31 -0400 Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello, Andrew.
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 02:31:28PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > So if I'm understanding this correctly, the /dev/kmsg output is altered
> > (different cont handling) if some console registers with CON_EXTENDED
> > (and there are no such consoles yet, so the patch is a no-op).
> Yeah, that's mostly right. /dev/kmsg output already has
> "continuation" flag which indicates whether a message should be
> concatenated which gets triggered occassionally currently. This would
> make use of that behavior a lot more frequently.

OK, sounds reasonable.

> > If correct, this seems undesirable - registration of a CON_EXTENDED
> > console collaterally damages the /dev/kmsg interface? If the user has
> > an app which depends on the original /dev/kmsg format then they'll be
> > wondered what-the-heck-just-happened?
> For applications which ignore the continuation flags, this would lead
> to a different output. We can fake it for /dev/kmsg (concatenate from
> the kernel side and then output empty message for the later fragments)
> but that'd be piling more hacks on top of already unnecessary hack
> which is the cont buffer.
> We can generate a log message indicating that the new mode is enabled
> to make it easier to figure out why it changed. Given that this is
> not an entirely new behavior and the usage of extended console is
> likely to stay fairly specific, transitioning this way is unlikely to
> cause too much trouble especially given that most traditional tools
> use the older interfaces w/o metadata which aren't affected by this
> change.
> What do you think?

Yes, I suppose a printk is worthwhile. Maybe a paragraph in
Documentation/ABI/testing/dev-kmsg also.

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