RE: [PATCH 7/7] printk: provide a filtering macro for printk

From: H Hartley Sweeten
Date: Wed Sep 02 2009 - 14:23:07 EST

On Wednesday, September 02, 2009 10:05 AM, Tim Bird wrote:
> Marc Andre Tanner wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 01, 2009 at 07:32:25PM -0400, H Hartley Sweeten wrote:
>>> On Tuesday, September 01, 2009 4:24 PM, Tim Bird wrote:
>>>> Some places in the kernel break the message into pieces, like so:
>>>> printk(KERN_ERR, "Error: first part ");
>>>> ...
>>>> printk(" more info for error.\n");
>>> Technically, shouldn't the second part of the message actually be:
>>> printk(KERN_CONT " more info for error.\n");
>>> Maybe some mechanism could be created to handle the continued message
>>> if they have the KERN_CONT?
>> Yes it's true that KERN_CONT isn't handled correctly, but I don't see a way
>> to change that.
>>>> These parts would not be handled consistently under certain
>>>> conditions.
>>>> It would be confusing to see only part of the message,
>>>> but I don't know how often this construct is used.
>> $ grep -R KERN_CONT linux-2.6 | wc -l
>> 373
>>>> Maybe
>>>> another mechanism is needed to ensure that continuation
>>>> printk lines have the same log level as their start strings.
>> I currently don't see a way to achieve this with the CPP.
> If it's that few, then maybe it's OK to actually change
> the code for those printk statements. (Heck, these locations
> were all changed in the last 2 years anyway.)
> I'm just brainstorming here, but how about changing them from:
> printk(KERN_INFO "foo");
> printk(KERN_CONT "bar\n");
> to:
> printk(KERN_INFO "foo");
> printk_cont(KERN_INFO "bar\n");

Unfortunately not all the continued printk statements in the kernel are
properly tagged with KERN_CONT (or pr_cont, etc.).

> This way the continuation line has the log level, and can
> be conditionally compiled based on the VERBOSITY level. A little
> magic would be needed to strip the first 3 chars of the fmt
> string in printk_cont().
> I think this makes the printk messages a bit more consistent anyway,
> and still marks lines that are continuation lines.
>>>> But, overall, very slick! It's nice to see a solution that doesn't
>>>> require changing all printks statements in the kernel.
>> Yes that's what I thought too. Thanks to the comments so far the next
>> version of the patch will contain even less changes to the rest of the
>> kernel.
>>> I haven't looked over this patch series yet but does it work with the
>>> pr_<level> macros (pr_info, pr_err, etc.)?
>> It should work, yes.

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