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Date:	Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:47:36 -0700
From:	David Brownell <>
Cc:	Catalin Marinas <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] SMSC LAN9500 USB2.0 10/100 ethernet adapter driver

On Wednesday 10 September 2008, wrote:
> > Standard feedback for such stuff:
> > 
> >  - avoid printk() for diagnostics, use dev_*() driver model calls
> >  - ... or in this case, pr_warning() if you really must
> >  - provide better messages and avoid passing __func__ 
> >  - use inline functions instead of CPP macros
> >  - make dead code elimination remove debug code, not #ifdefs
> > 
> > And specific to network devices:
> > 
> >  - use the ethtool message level flags not private debug_mode
> There's quite a bit of variation on the debugging style across existing 
> drivers.  Is there any driver you would suggest to use as an example of 
> how to do things right?

Not without searching through a lot of code ... though you
can have a look at <linux/devices.h> dev_dbg() to see how
to use inlines to make sure diagnostic code always gets
type checked and make dead code elimination behave.

So then it'd be "if (netif_msg_FOO(...)) dev_dbg(...)" for
debug messages; or pr_debug; etc.  The thing that's truly
bad about most printk/pr_* type diagnostics is that they
usually don't identify the relevant device, or if they do
then it's not done consistently.

Last time I did a network driver I found that I only wanted
to use those driver model calls before the network device
was set up ... a message tagged with the interface name was
a lot more useful than one tagged with the physical device,
so long as there was an initial banner coupling the two (a
dev_info message printing the interface name along with a
hardware summary).

- Dave
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