[alsa-devel] [PATCH 0/8] Rework KERN_<LEVEL>
akpm at linux-foundation.org
Tue Jun 5 23:28:26 CEST 2012
On Tue, 5 Jun 2012 02:46:29 -0700
Joe Perches <joe at perches.com> wrote:
> KERN_<LEVEL> currently takes up 3 bytes.
> Shrink the kernel size by using an ASCII SOH and then the level byte.
> Remove the need for KERN_CONT.
> Convert directly embedded uses of <.> to KERN_<LEVEL>
What an epic patchset. I guess that saving a byte per printk does make
the world a better place, and forcibly ensuring that nothing is
dependent upon the internal format of the KERN_foo strings is nice.
Unfortunately the <n> thing is part of the kernel ABI:
echo "<4>foo" > /dev/kmsg
devkmsg_writev() does weird and wonderful things with
facilities/levels. That function incorrectly returns "success" when
copy_from_user() faults, btw. It also babbles on about LOG_USER and
LOG_KERN without ever defining these things. I guess they're
userspace-only concepts and are hardwired to 0 and 1 in the kernel. Or
So what to do about /dev/kmsg? I'd say "nothing": we retain "<n>" as
the externally-presented kernel format for a facility level, and the
fact that the kernel internally uses a different encoding is hidden
And if the user does
echo "\0014foo" > /dev/kmsg
then I guess we should pass it straight through, retaining the \0014.
But from my reading of your code, this doesn't work - vprintk_emit()
will go ahead and strip and interpret the \0014, evading the stuff
which devkmsg_writev() did.
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