Re: [RFC][PATCHv6 00/12] printk: introduce printing kernel thread

From: Sergey Senozhatsky
Date: Thu Dec 21 2017 - 01:52:44 EST

Hi Tetsuo,

On (12/20/17 21:06), Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> Anyway, the rule that "do not try to printk() faster than the kernel can
> write to consoles" will remain no matter how printk() changes.

and the "faster than the kernel can write to consoles" is tricky.
it does not depend ONLY on the performance of underlying console
devices. but also on the scheduler and IRQs. simply because of the
way we print:

void console_unlock(void)
for (;;) {

text = pick_the_next_pending_logbuf_message();

^^^^ preemption + irqs

on my board call_console_drivers() can spend up to 0.01 of a second
printing a _single_ message. which basically means that I'm guaranteed
to have preemption in console_unlock() under console_sem after every
line it prints [if console_unlock() is invoked from preemptible context].
this, surely, has huge impact on "do not try to printk() faster than

but there are more points in my "why the patch doesn't work for me"
email than just "preemption in console_unlock()".