Re: [PATCH]: add dmesg log symbols to /proc/vmcoreinfo lists

From: Vivek Goyal
Date: Tue Jan 20 2009 - 10:23:56 EST

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:09:58AM -0500, Neil Horman wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 09:15:51AM -0500, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 04:21:27PM -0500, Neil Horman wrote:
> > > Hey all-
> > > It would be nice to be able to extract the dmesg log from a vmcore file
> > > without needing to keep the debug symbols for the running kernel handy all the
> > > time. We have a facility to do this in /proc/vmcore. This patch adds the
> > > log_buf and log_end symbols to the vmcoreinfo area so that tools (like
> > > makedumpfile) can easily extract the dmesg logs from a vmcore image.
> > >
> >
> > It would be nice to get dmesg log if debug symbols are not around. Can't
> > we use for getting symbol addresses? vmcoreinfo had started
> > small and seems to be growing now. I am thinking down the line will making
> > use of for such cases make sense?
> >
> only include exported and public symbols. log_buf and log_end are
> static, and not reported in the Its a nice idea, but not
> comprehensive for everything in the kernel.
> ><snip>
> >
> > Will it be an issue if we make log_buf and log_end non static and directly
> > access these in kexec.c?
> >
> I had considered that, but was a bit hesitant to do so, since it exposes the
> internal implementation of the dmesg buffer. In the event someone disables
> CONFIG_PRINTK, thats just more code we need to ifdef. With this implementation
> we just stub out the log_buf_setup function, and let that be that. It seems
> more consice to me this way.

Makes sense to me.

Acked-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@xxxxxxxxxx>

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