Re: [PATCH v2 2/8] printk: Provide pi_<level> / pe_<level> macros for __init / __exit code

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Tue Jul 15 2014 - 19:23:38 EST

On Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:43:26 +0200 Mathias Krause <minipli@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> The memory used for functions marked with __init will be released after
> initialization, albeit static data referenced by such code will not, if
> not explicitly marked this way, too. This is especially true for format
> strings used in messages printed by such code. Those are not marked and
> therefore will survive the __init cleanup -- dangling in memory without
> ever being referenced again.
> Ideally we would like the compiler to automatically recognise such
> constructs but it does not and it's not as simple as it might sound, as
> strings used in initialization code might latter still be used, e.g. as
> a slab cache name. Therefore we need to explicitly mark the strings we
> want to release together with the function itself.
> For a seamless integration of the necessary __init_str() / __exit_str()
> macros to mark the format strings, this patch provides new variants of
> the well known pr_<level>() macros as pi_<level>() for __init code and
> pe_<level>() for __exit code. Changing existing code should thereby be
> as simple as changing a single letter.
> For code that cannot be changed to use the pi_<level>() / pe_<level>()
> macros printk_init() and printk_exit() macros are provided, too.
> One remark, though: We cannot provide appropriate p[ie]_debug() macros
> for the CONFIG_DYNAMIC_DEBUG case as there is (currently) no way to
> remove entries from dyndbg after initialization. But supporting that
> scenario would require more work (and code), therefore not necessarily
> justifying the memory savings.

I assume that if a programmer gets this wrong,
CONFIG_DEBUG_SECTION_MISMATCH will detect and report the error?

Please thoroughly test this if you have not done so.
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