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Date:	Fri, 19 Jan 2007 14:23:23 +0200
From:	Pekka Pietikainen <>
To:	Brandon Craig Rhodes <>
Subject: Re: TKIP encryption should allocate enough tailroom

On Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 08:55:37AM -0500, Brandon Craig Rhodes wrote:
> to debugging messages!  In some circumstances, debug messages are
> always produced; in several others, net_ratelimit() is called to
> decided whether to print an error (but why in these cases and not
> others?); and in many cases, nothing is printed at all (is this
> because convention would dictate that the caller discover the error
> and print something out?).
> If I want to generate a patch that festoons the ieee80211 functions
> with informative error messages, what are the guidelines?
My understanding is:

BUG_ON() / BUG() if it's a clear "impossible" condition ("function calling
me was wrong") null pointers/buffer lengths being inconsistent. Might even be
justified in this case? 

net_ratelimit() says:
 * All net warning printk()s should be guarded by this function.
int net_ratelimit(void)
        return __printk_ratelimit(net_msg_cost, net_msg_burst);

Especially important if the code path can be triggered by anyone (local user
or arbitrary packet from the network). Otherwise not that big a deal if it's
buggy code elsewhere in the kernel that causes the message to be printed.
You fix the code and you stop getting thousands of lines of debug
messages/second (which is why net_ratelimit() exists).

If it's an arbitrary packet from the network, there probably should even
be a sysctl to enable/disable debug output completely. IPv4 has:

static void ip_handle_martian_source(struct net_device *dev,
                                     struct in_device *in_dev,
                                     struct sk_buff *skb,
                                     __be32 daddr,
                                     __be32 saddr)
        if (IN_DEV_LOG_MARTIANS(in_dev) && net_ratelimit()) {
                 *      RFC1812 recommendation, if source is martian,
                 *      the only hint is MAC header.
                printk(KERN_WARNING "martian source %u.%u.%u.%u from "
                        "%u.%u.%u.%u, on dev %s\n",
                        NIPQUAD(daddr), NIPQUAD(saddr), dev->name);

(so there's a #ifdef _and_ a log_martians sysctl to see debug output).
In general #ifdefs should be avoided.

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