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Date:   Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:53:41 +0100
From:   Petr Mladek <>
To:     Sergey Senozhatsky <>
Cc:     Linus Torvalds <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Jan Kara <>, Tejun Heo <>,
        Calvin Owens <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>,
        Ingo Molnar <>,
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        Andy Lutomirski <>,
        Peter Hurley <>,,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <>
Subject: Re: [PATCHv6 6/7] printk: use printk_safe buffers in printk

On Fri 2016-12-23 10:46:43, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> not every switch to printk_safe is "dictated" by logbuf_lock.
> down_trylock_console_sem(), for instance, takes semaphore spin_lock
> which already may be locked on the same CPU (*), so we need to be
> in safe mode:
> vprintk_emit()
>  down_trylock()
>   raw_spin_lock_irqsave(&sem->lock, flags);
>   ...
>   raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore(&sem->lock, flags);
>    spin_dump()
>     printk()
>      vprintk_emit()
>       down_trylock()
>        raw_spin_lock_irqsave(&sem->lock, flags)   << deadlock
> and so on. IOW, "printk_save_enter()" != "logbuf_lock is acquired".

You are right. It seems that the



variants make sense and we will need them together with
the logbuf_lock_*() stuff.

> [..]
> > PS: I still think if we could come with a better name than
> > printk_safe() but I cannot find one.
> well, not that I'm the fan of printk_safe name, but can't think
> of anything better. we make printk calls safe (deadlock safe) in
> places where previously it was unsafe... quick-&-dirty name that
> is implementation-specific -- printk_percpu_enter/exit, or
> printk_pcpu_enter/exit... dunno.

OK, let's stay with printk_safe :-)

Best Reagards,

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