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Date:   Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:58:59 +0900
From:   Sergey Senozhatsky <>
To:     Linus Torvalds <>
Cc:     Sergey Senozhatsky <>,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <>,
        Pavel Machek <>, Petr Mladek <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>, Jan Kara <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Jiri Slaby <>, Andreas Mohr <>,
        Tetsuo Handa <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: printk: what is going on with additional newlines?


On (08/29/17 10:52), Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 10:33 AM, Sergey Senozhatsky
> <> wrote:
> >
> > ok. that's something several people asked for -- some sort of buffered
> > printk mode; but people don't want to use a buffer allocated on the stack
> > (or kmalloc-ed, etc.) to do sprintf() on it and then feed it to printk("%s"),
> > because this adds some extra cost:
> Introduce a few helper functions for it:
>  init_line_buffer(&buf);
>  print_line(&buf, fmt, args);
>  vprint_line(&buf, fmt, vararg);
>  finish_line(&buf);
> or whatever, and it sounds like it should be pretty easy to use.

ok, I was short on details (sorry, it was almost 3am).

what I was talking/thinking about is not just a single complete continuation
line, but a whole bunch of printk calls (including continuation lines). like
OOM report with backtraces, and so on. the problem people are having (well,
according to emails I have got in my inbox) is the fact that
	printk("a"); printk("b");
can appear in the logbuf (and serial console) pretty far; no one knows what
can happen between those calls. so the buffered-printk buffer is supposed to
be big enough for N lines and, more importantly, it stores those lines in
logbuf in consequent entries.

so the difference here is

	while (buffer->whatever)
		printk("%s\n", buffer->msg[i]);


	while (buffer->whatever)

a dynamic buffer with resizing probably may not work good enough in some
OOM cases.


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