>>>>> "maciej" == Maciej W Rozycki <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
maciej> On Tue, 17 Jun 2003, Juan Quintela wrote:
maciej> So you need to explicitly configure it? That's very bad.
>> You bet:
>> - you force everybody to use early_printk (you only want it for
>> - you configure early_printk for everybody (never have to configure
>> You can't have the cake and eat it :(
maciej> I'm not sure what you mean. Please elaborate.
As it is used in the other platforms:
- you setup your console (there is a console by default).
- until that console is initilized, messages are buffered.
that is clearly bad if your system stops before initializing the
console: i.e. zero output.
- early_printk to the rescue, as soon as you can print, you initialize
the console, and begin printing.
- so far so god.
- now it is time to initialize the real console (reading
- output from now one goes to the real console.
a - you want all your messages in your console, and your console is not
the console used by early_printk. Some meassages dissapear, why?
because early_printk is the default -> you don't want early_printk
b - you want at least some output if the kernel hangs early -> you want
early_printk by default.
I am not able to make happy people in the a) group or people in the b)
group, but not both at the same time with the default early_console.
I hope that now explanation is better (for sure that it is larger).
>> Why do you ever will want not to use early_printk?
maciej> I won't, but someone else certainly will.
I meaned here somebody in general, not you in particular :p
In theory, practice and theory are the same, but in practice they
are different -- Larry McVoy