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Re: [PATCH 1/4] ACPI: Add acpi_pr_<level>() interfaces

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On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 16:52 -0600, Toshi Kani wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 16:40 -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> > On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 16:26 -0600, Toshi Kani wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 15:59 -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> > > > On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 14:40 -0600, Toshi Kani wrote:
> > > > > This patch introduces acpi_pr_<level>(), where <level> is a message
> > > > > level such as err/warn/info, to support improved logging messages
> > > > > for ACPI, esp. in hotplug operations.  acpi_pr_<level>() appends
> > > > > "ACPI" prefix and ACPI object path to the messages.  This improves
> > > > > diagnostics in hotplug operations since it identifies an object that
> > > > > caused an issue in a log file.
> > > > > 
> > > > > acpi_pr_<level>() takes acpi_handle as an argument, which is passed
> > > > > to ACPI hotplug notify handlers from the ACPI CA.  Therefore, it is
> > > > > always available unlike other kernel objects, such as device.
> > > > > 
> > > > > For example, the statement below
> > > > >   acpi_pr_err(handle, "Device don't exist, dropping EJECT\n");
> > > > > logs an error message like this:
> > > > >   ACPI: \_SB_.SCK4.CPU4: Device don't exist, dropping EJECT
> > > > > 
> > > > > Signed-off-by: Toshi Kani <toshi.kani@xxxxxx>
> > > > > ---
> > > > >  drivers/acpi/utils.c    |   32 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > > > >  include/acpi/acpi_bus.h |   18 ++++++++++++++++++
> > > > >  2 files changed, 50 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> > > > > 
> > > > > diff --git a/drivers/acpi/utils.c b/drivers/acpi/utils.c
> > > > > index 3e87c9c..4097266 100644
> > > > > --- a/drivers/acpi/utils.c
> > > > > +++ b/drivers/acpi/utils.c
> > > > > @@ -454,3 +454,35 @@ acpi_evaluate_hotplug_ost(acpi_handle handle, u32 source_event,
> > > > >  #endif
> > > > >  }
> > > > >  EXPORT_SYMBOL(acpi_evaluate_hotplug_ost);
> > > > > +
> > > > > +/**
> > > > > + * acpi_printk: Print messages with ACPI prefix and object path
> > > > > + *
> > > > > + * This function is intended to be called through acpi_pr_<level> macros.
> > > > > + */
> > > > > +void
> > > > > +acpi_printk(const char *level, acpi_handle handle, const char *fmt, ...)
> > > > > +{
> > > > > +	struct va_format vaf;
> > > > > +	va_list args;
> > > > > +	struct acpi_buffer buffer = {ACPI_ALLOCATE_BUFFER};
> > > > > +	char *path;
> > > > > +	acpi_status ret;
> > > > > +
> > > > > +	va_start(args, fmt);
> > > > > +
> > > > > +	vaf.fmt = fmt;
> > > > > +	vaf.va = &args;
> > > > > +
> > > > > +	ret = acpi_get_name(handle, ACPI_FULL_PATHNAME, &buffer);
> > > > 
> > > > One big problem I see with this approach is now each acpi_printk() will
> > > > result in a call to acpi_get_name() which will invoke several ACPI
> > > > calls, including a call to acpi_ut_initialize_buffer() which allocates
> > > > buffer. Is this really warranted? What is the performance impact of this
> > > > change?
> > > 
> > > Hi Shuah,
> > > 
> > > This interface is intended to be used by acpi_pr_<level>(), which is
> > > used for error, warning, debugging, etc.  It is not intended to be used
> > > in any performance path.
> > > 
> > 
> > How does one enable this interface to see errors, warns, debugging? Is
> > there a special mode kernel needs to run in? I am trying to understand
> > what you mean by "not intended to be used in any performance path". Does
> > one build a special kernel similar to CONFIG_VM_DEBUG (just happen to
> > the one I could think off) ?
> 
> acpi_pr_<level>() calls printk() with a corresponding message level,
> such as KERN_ERR, KERN_WARNING and KERN_DEBUG, which is by definition
> used for error, warning and debugging messages.  Let me know if the
> change log was not clear about this.  Anyway, I think one should not use
> a printk() in performance path in the first place...

KERN_ERR, KERN_WARNING, and KERN_DEBUG are used at run-time. What
happens when these new interfaces start getting used widely during
run-time. In the case of a serious error, shouldn't the kernel do the
minimum to print the message out and not call several acpi routines?
This type of feature definitely makes sense for debug, but not for other
cases KERN_ERR, KERN_WARNING case.

My concern is all the extra work that is done whenever one of these
interfaces is called. Can we limit this to special debug cases only.

-- Shuah

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