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Date:   Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:30:43 +0100
From:   Petr Mladek <pmladek@...e.com>
To:     John Ogness <john.ogness@...utronix.de>
Cc:     Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky@...il.com>,
        Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <sergey.senozhatsky.work@...il.com>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] printk/console: Do not suppress information about
 dropped messages

On Tue 2019-02-26 17:26:57, John Ogness wrote:
> On 2019-02-26, Petr Mladek <pmladek@...e.com> wrote:
> > The warning about dropped messages gets lost when the current
> > message is above console_loglevel and suppressed.
> 
> Here you are reporting a bug. (More on this below.)

Yes.

> > The suppressed messages allow even slow consoles to caught up
> > with a flood of messages. The consoles must not get slowed
> > down by many warnings. Instead, the warning is delayed until
> > the next printable message.
> 
> Here you are introducing a new behavior. (Also discussed below.)
> Although the two are similar, they are really 2 different things.

No, I am replacing random behavior with a predictable one to fix
the bug. The above paragraph explains why the fix looks like it looks.
Maybe I should have written somethink like:

A solution would be to print the warning regardless the log level.
But it might cause loosing more important messages because of
delay caused by the warnings.

A better solution is to count all dropped messages until there
is a non-suppressed one. Then we could print the summary
together with the message.


> > diff --git a/kernel/printk/printk.c b/kernel/printk/printk.c
> > index b4d26388bc62..c3f287422ef4 100644
> > --- a/kernel/printk/printk.c
> > +++ b/kernel/printk/printk.c
> > @@ -2398,20 +2400,24 @@ void console_unlock(void)
> >  	for (;;) {
> >  		struct printk_log *msg;
> >  		size_t ext_len = 0;
> > -		size_t len;
> > +		size_t len = 0;
> >  
> >  		printk_safe_enter_irqsave(flags);
> >  		raw_spin_lock(&logbuf_lock);
> > +
> > +		/* Reset dropped msg count when switching to all consoles. */
> > +		if (unlikely(exclusive_console &&
> > +			     exclusive_console_stop_seq < log_first_seq)) {
> > +			console_dropped_cnt = 0;
> > +			console_seq = exclusive_console_stop_seq;
> > +		}
> > +
> 
> Wouldn't the fix to the bug be to move the "skip" target here?

No, the entire loop skiping suppressed messages is done under
the logbuf_lock. No old messages can be lost inside this loop.

> skip:
> 
> >  		if (console_seq < log_first_seq) {
> > -			len = sprintf(text,
> > -				      "** %llu printk messages dropped **\n",
> > -				      log_first_seq - console_seq);
> > +			console_dropped_cnt += log_first_seq - console_seq;
> >  
> >  			/* messages are gone, move to first one */
> >  			console_seq = log_first_seq;
> >  			console_idx = log_first_idx;
> > -		} else {
> > -			len = 0;
> >  		}
> >  skip:
> >  		if (console_seq == log_next_seq)
> > @@ -2435,6 +2441,13 @@ void console_unlock(void)
> >  			exclusive_console = NULL;
> >  		}
> >  
> > +		if (unlikely(console_dropped_cnt)) {
> > +			len = sprintf(text,
> > +				      "** %llu printk messages dropped **\n",
> > +				      console_dropped_cnt);
> > +			console_dropped_cnt = 0;
> > +		}
> > +
> 
> My only objection to this is that the "messages dropped" only comes if a
> non-supressed message comes. So information about dropped information
> may never get printed unless some task prints something non-supressed.
> 
> Imagine a situation where I am expecting a message to come, but don't
> see it because it was dropped. But if no more non-supressed messages
> come, I see neither the expected message nor the dropped message.

Good point! There is a simple fix for this. We could print the warning
also when all messages are proceed and we are about to leave
the for-cycle.

Best Regards,
Petr

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