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Date:   Wed, 27 Jul 2022 20:47:41 +0300
From:   Alexey Khoroshilov <khoroshilov@...ras.ru>
To:     Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH] Introduce the pkill_on_warn boot parameter

On 27.07.2022 19:42, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 27, 2022 at 9:17 AM Alexey Khoroshilov
> <khoroshilov@...ras.ru> wrote:
>>
>> We see a number of cases where WARNING is used to inform userspace that
>> it is doing something wrong, e.g.
>> https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.19-rc8/source/net/can/j1939/socket.c#L181
>> https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v5.19-rc8/source/drivers/video/fbdev/core/fbmem.c#L1023
> 
> That first case is entirely bogus.
> 
> WARN_ON() should only be used for "This cannot happen, but if it does,
> I want to know how we got here".
> 
> But the second case is fine: Using "pr_warn()" is fine. A kernel
> warning (without a backtrace) is a normal thing for something that is
> deprecated or questionable, and you want to tell the user that "this
> app is doing something wrong".

Agree with the only note that I like the requirement:

* Do not include "BUG"/"WARNING" in format strings manually to make
* these conditions distinguishable from kernel issues.

very much.

Thank you,
Alexey

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