Re: [PATCH printk v2 00/12] implement threaded console printing

From: Andy Shevchenko
Date: Tue Apr 05 2022 - 19:17:48 EST

On Tue, Apr 05, 2022 at 03:31:23PM +0206, John Ogness wrote:
> This is v2 of a series to implement a kthread for each registered
> console. v1 is here [0]. The kthreads locklessly retrieve the
> records from the printk ringbuffer and also do not cause any lock
> contention between each other. This allows consoles to run at full
> speed. For example, a netconsole is able to dump records much
> faster than a serial or vt console. Also, during normal operation,
> it completely decouples printk() callers from console printing.
> There are situations where kthread printing is not sufficient. For
> example, during panic situations, where the kthreads may not get a
> chance to schedule. In such cases, the current method of attempting
> to print directly within the printk() caller context is used. New
> functions printk_prefer_direct_enter() and
> printk_prefer_direct_exit() are made available to mark areas of the
> kernel where direct printing is preferred. (These should only be
> areas that do not occur during normal operation.)
> This series also introduces pr_flush(): a might_sleep() function
> that will block until all active printing threads have caught up
> to the latest record at the time of the pr_flush() call. This
> function is useful, for example, to wait until pending records
> are flushed to consoles before suspending.
> Note that this series does *not* increase the reliability of console
> printing. Rather it focuses on the non-interference aspect of
> printk() by decoupling printk() callers from printing (during normal
> operation). Nonetheless, the reliability aspect should not worsen
> due to this series.

>From the list of patches and the only one I am Cc'ed to I can't find the
answer to my question, i.e. does it take care about console_unregister()
cases at run time? (We have some drivers to call ->exit() for console in
that case, perhaps it should do something before calling it.)

Would be nice to see some pointers where I can find the answer and
maybe even describing in the cover-letter/commit message/documentation.

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko