Re: [PATCH v4 1/1] printf: add support for printing symbolic error names

From: Uwe Kleine-König
Date: Mon Oct 14 2019 - 01:53:36 EST

On Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 03:36:17PM +0200, Rasmus Villemoes wrote:
> It has been suggested several times to extend vsnprintf() to be able
> to convert the numeric value of ENOSPC to print "ENOSPC". This
> implements that as a %p extension: With %pe, one can do
> if (IS_ERR(foo)) {
> pr_err("Sorry, can't do that: %pe\n", foo);
> return PTR_ERR(foo);
> }
> instead of what is seen in quite a few places in the kernel:
> if (IS_ERR(foo)) {
> pr_err("Sorry, can't do that: %ld\n", PTR_ERR(foo));
> return PTR_ERR(foo);
> }
> If the value passed to %pe is an ERR_PTR, but the library function
> errname() added here doesn't know about the value, the value is simply
> printed in decimal. If the value passed to %pe is not an ERR_PTR, we
> treat it as an ordinary %p and thus print the hashed value (passing
> non-ERR_PTR values to %pe indicates a bug in the caller, but we can't
> do much about that).
> With my embedded hat on, and because it's not very invasive to do,
> I've made it possible to remove this. The errname() function and
> associated lookup tables take up about 3K. For most, that's probably
> quite acceptable and a price worth paying for more readable
> dmesg (once this starts getting used), while for those that disable
> printk() it's of very little use - I don't see a
> procfs/sysfs/seq_printf() file reasonably making use of this - and
> they clearly want to squeeze vmlinux as much as possible. Hence the
> default y if PRINTK.
> The symbols to include have been found by massaging the output of
> find arch include -iname 'errno*.h' | xargs grep -E 'define\s*E'
> In the cases where some common aliasing exists
> (e.g. EAGAIN=EWOULDBLOCK on all platforms, EDEADLOCK=EDEADLK on most),
> I've moved the more popular one (in terms of 'git grep -w Efoo | wc)
> to the bottom so that one takes precedence.
> Signed-off-by: Rasmus Villemoes <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I like having an explicit code even better than relying on a plain %p to
emit the code. So please readd my

Acked-by: Uwe Kleine-König <uwe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Best regards

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