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Date:   Thu, 21 May 2020 14:51:13 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>
To:     Jacob Keller <jacob.e.keller@...el.com>,
        Ido Schimmel <idosch@...sch.org>
Cc:     Jiri Pirko <jiri@...nulli.us>,
        "netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        petrm@...lanox.com, amitc@...lanox.com
Subject: Re: devlink interface for asynchronous event/messages from
 firmware?

On Thu, 21 May 2020 13:59:32 -0700 Jacob Keller wrote:
> >> So the ice firmware can optionally send diagnostic debug messages via
> >> its control queue. The current solutions we've used internally
> >> essentially hex-dump the binary contents to the kernel log, and then
> >> these get scraped and converted into a useful format for human consumption.
> >>
> >> I'm not 100% of the format, but I know it's based on a decoding file
> >> that is specific to a given firmware image, and thus attempting to tie
> >> this into the driver is problematic.  
> > 
> > You explained how it works, but not why it's needed :)  
> 
> Well, the reason we want it is to be able to read the debug/diagnostics
> data in order to debug issues that might be related to firmware or
> software mis-use of firmware interfaces.
> 
> By having it be a separate interface rather than trying to scrape from
> the kernel message buffer, it becomes something we can have as a
> possibility for debugging in the field.

For pure debug/tracing perhaps trace_devlink_hwerr() is the right fit?

Right Ido?

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