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[PATCH v2] printk: fix delayed messages from CPU hotplug events

To: <mingo@elte.hu>, <akpm@linux-foundation.org>, <simon.kagstrom@netinsight.net>, <David.Woodhouse@intel.com>, <rgetz@analog.com>, <lethal@linux-sh.org>
Subject: [PATCH v2] printk: fix delayed messages from CPU hotplug events
From: Kevin Cernekee <cernekee@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 16:57:15 -0700
Cc: <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>, <linux-mips@linux-mips.org>
Sender: linux-mips-bounce@linux-mips.org
User-agent: vim 7.2
When a secondary CPU is being brought up, it is not uncommon for
printk() to be invoked when cpu_online(smp_processor_id()) == 0.  The
case that I witnessed personally was on MIPS:

http://lkml.org/lkml/2010/5/30/4

If (can_use_console() == 0), printk() will spool its output to log_buf
and it will be visible in "dmesg", but that output will NOT be echoed to
the console until somebody calls release_console_sem() from a CPU that
is online.  Therefore, the boot time messages from the new CPU can get
stuck in "limbo" for a long time, and might suddenly appear on the
screen when a completely unrelated event (e.g. "eth0: link is down")
occurs.

This patch modifies the console code so that any pending messages are
automatically flushed out to the console whenever a CPU hotplug
operation completes successfully or aborts.

The issue was seen on 2.6.34.

Signed-off-by: Kevin Cernekee <cernekee@gmail.com>
---
 kernel/printk.c |   33 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 files changed, 33 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/printk.c b/kernel/printk.c
index 444b770..9c04719 100644
--- a/kernel/printk.c
+++ b/kernel/printk.c
@@ -37,6 +37,8 @@
 #include <linux/ratelimit.h>
 #include <linux/kmsg_dump.h>
 #include <linux/syslog.h>
+#include <linux/cpu.h>
+#include <linux/notifier.h>
 
 #include <asm/uaccess.h>
 
@@ -985,6 +987,37 @@ void resume_console(void)
 }
 
 /**
+ * console_cpu_notify - print deferred console messages after CPU hotplug
+ *
+ * If printk() is called from a CPU that is not online yet, the messages
+ * will be spooled but will not show up on the console.  This function is
+ * called when a new CPU comes online and ensures that any such output
+ * gets printed.
+ */
+static int __cpuinit console_cpu_notify(struct notifier_block *self,
+       unsigned long action, void *hcpu)
+{
+       switch (action) {
+       case CPU_ONLINE:
+       case CPU_UP_CANCELED:
+               if (try_acquire_console_sem() == 0)
+                       release_console_sem();
+       }
+       return NOTIFY_OK;
+}
+
+static struct notifier_block __cpuinitdata console_nb = {
+       .notifier_call          = console_cpu_notify,
+};
+
+static int __init console_notifier_init(void)
+{
+       register_cpu_notifier(&console_nb);
+       return 0;
+}
+late_initcall(console_notifier_init);
+
+/**
  * acquire_console_sem - lock the console system for exclusive use.
  *
  * Acquires a semaphore which guarantees that the caller has
-- 
1.7.0.4


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