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Date:   Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:46:30 -0700
From:   Linus Torvalds <>
To:     Sergey Senozhatsky <>
Cc:     Petr Mladek <>,
        John Ogness <>,
        Sergey Senozhatsky <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: POC: Alternative solution: Re: [PATCH 0/4] printk: reimplement
 LOG_CONT handling

On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 4:54 AM Sergey Senozhatsky
<> wrote:
> I think what Linus said a long time ago was that the initial purpose of
> pr_cont was
>         pr_info("Initialize feature foo...");
>         if (init_feature_foo() == 0)
>                 pr_cont("ok\n");
>         else
>                 pr_cont("not ok\n");
>         And if init_feature_foo() crashes the kernel then the first printk()
>         form panic() will flush the cont buffer.


This is why I think any discussion that says "people should buffer
their lines themselves and we should get rid if pr_cont()" is
fundamentally broken.

Don't go down that hole. I won't take it. It's wrong.

The fact is, pr_cont() goes back to the original kernel. No, it wasn't
pr_cont() back then, and no, there were no actual explicit markers for
"this is a continuation" at all, it was all just "the last printk
didn't have a newline, so we continue where we left off".

We've added pr_cont (and KERN_CONT) since then, and I realize that a
lot of people hate the complexity it introduces, but it's a
fundamental complexity that you have to live with.

If you can't live with pr_cont(), you shouldn't be working on
printk(), and find some other area of the kernel that you _can_ live

It really is that simple.


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