[PATCH v2] console: Add console=auto option

From: Prarit Bhargava
Date: Thu Aug 16 2018 - 13:39:16 EST

ACPI may contain an SPCR table that defines a default system console.
On ARM if the table is present then the SPCR console is enabled by default.
On x86 the SPCR console is used if 'earlycon' (no parameters) is
specified as a kernel parameter and is used only as the early console.
To use the SPCR data as a console a user must boot with 'earlycon',
grep logs & specify a console= kernel parameter, and then reboot again.

Add 'console=auto' that enables a firmware or hardware console, and on
x86 enable the SPCR console if 'console=auto' is specified.

Tested on systems with and without an ACPI SPCR. The following kernel
parameters were also tested:

console=ttyS0,115200 works
earlycon works (early console only)
console=auto works (full console as expected)
no console or earlycon arguments works (no output as expected)

v2: Fix prototype.

Signed-off-by: Prarit Bhargava <prarit@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Mark Salter <msalter@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Al Stone <ahs3@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Len Brown <len.brown@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Pavel Machek <pavel@xxxxxx>
Cc: x86@xxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Petr Mladek <pmladek@xxxxxxxx>
Cc: Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: linux-pm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 1 +
arch/x86/kernel/acpi/boot.c | 5 +++++
include/linux/console.h | 1 +
kernel/printk/printk.c | 10 ++++++++++
4 files changed, 17 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
index a32f2a126791..dd057224f33b 100644
--- a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
+++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
@@ -635,6 +635,7 @@

hvc<n> Use the hypervisor console device <n>. This is for
both Xen and PowerPC hypervisors.
+ auto [X86] Enable ACPI SPCR console

If the device connected to the port is not a TTY but a braille
device, prepend "brl," before the device type, for instance
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/acpi/boot.c b/arch/x86/kernel/acpi/boot.c
index 3b20607d581b..fb2616ba3b21 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/acpi/boot.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/acpi/boot.c
@@ -1771,3 +1771,8 @@ void __init arch_reserve_mem_area(acpi_physical_address addr, size_t size)
e820__range_add(addr, size, E820_TYPE_ACPI);
+void __init arch_console_setup(void)
+ acpi_parse_spcr(false, true);
diff --git a/include/linux/console.h b/include/linux/console.h
index dfd6b0e97855..c2a6dde9a799 100644
--- a/include/linux/console.h
+++ b/include/linux/console.h
@@ -181,6 +181,7 @@ extern int is_console_locked(void);
extern int braille_register_console(struct console *, int index,
char *console_options, char *braille_options);
extern int braille_unregister_console(struct console *);
+void arch_console_setup(void);
extern void console_sysfs_notify(void);
diff --git a/kernel/printk/printk.c b/kernel/printk/printk.c
index 247808333ba4..bdd53858664b 100644
--- a/kernel/printk/printk.c
+++ b/kernel/printk/printk.c
@@ -2078,6 +2078,11 @@ static int __init console_msg_format_setup(char *str)
__setup("console_msg_format=", console_msg_format_setup);

+void __init __weak arch_console_setup(void)
+ return;
* Set up a console. Called via do_early_param() in init/main.c
* for each "console=" parameter in the boot command line.
@@ -2088,6 +2093,11 @@ static int __init console_setup(char *str)
char *s, *options, *brl_options = NULL;
int idx;

+ if (!strcmp(str, "auto")) {
+ arch_console_setup();
+ return 1;
+ }
if (_braille_console_setup(&str, &brl_options))
return 1;