Re: [RFC][PATCH] Oops messages transfer using QR codes

From: Laura Abbott
Date: Mon Nov 09 2015 - 19:27:09 EST

On 11/04/2015 03:32 AM, Murtaza, Alexandru wrote:
The preferred style is to not have #ifdef in functions if it can be
avoided. #ifdef in the header file for print_qr_err would be better.

Could you please refer some example? I don't exactly understand what is
the desired way in this case.

In print_oops.h you can do

void print_qr_err(void);
static inline void print_qr_err(void);

This way if CONFIG_QR_OOPS is disabled the function just gets stubbed out.
I gave it a quick test with just a 'echo c > /proc/sysrq-trigger'
and got a scheduling while atomic warning in addition to not seeing a
QR code. I don't think waking up a thread on panic is the correct approach
here. Can you elaborate more on what problem you were trying to solve by
adding a thread?

You are right. It doesn't do anything for panics. Currently only Oopses are
handled, but this approach should work fine for panics too, with some code
changes. Basically, what runs inside the qr_thread_func can run after the panic
with no problem (at least the ASCII version of QR codes).

Even without the waking up of the thread or the panic there still seem to be
scheduling while atomic issues. This is the rough code flow:

make_bk1_message (mutexes)
make_bk1_packet (vmalloc)
compr_init (vmalloc)
init_rs_internal (mutex)

x86 oops_begin takes spinlocks and disables IRQs (as does ARM) so everything
that happens in the oops needs to be done in atomic mode which means no
vmalloc or mutexes. Most of this in kernel_oops can be refactored pretty
easily but you might need to think about how the Reed-Solomon code can be
refactored to avoid the mutex.

One other point I noticed: qr_thread_func has an msleep(100). Polling like
that isn't good style in the kernel. You should look into converting that
to the completion API (wait_for_completion, complete)

Can you share what you used for testing? I'm still not seeing any QR output.

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