Re: [PATCH 2/5] pstore: Introduce write_buf backend callback

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On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 06:00:16PM +0000, Luck, Tony wrote:
> > Hrm, I thought the point of having pstore.buf pre-mapped was to allow
> > Oopses to be able to write directly to it without needing to hit any
> > additional kernel code. Maybe I'm misunderstanding this change,
> > though. I'd like to see Tony's opinion on it.
> Yes - the ERST backend needs to have a bunch of header ugliness (with
> special UUIDs) at the front of the buffer that is stored to non-volatile
> storage. So it allocates its own buffer with all that junk, and then
> passes the address of the plain data portion of the buffer on to the
> pstore layer.
> As we add more backends, it might be that this is only applicable to
> ERST, and so it might make sense to have it copy the data from some
> other buffer into its specially crafted one.  But we should not lose
> the "no allocations" property ... everything needed should be pre-allocated
> so we don't have to try to allocate any memory during a panic.

Yep, and everything is still pre-allocated.

The only change is that we can pass different buffers, and in tracing
case it is allocated on the stack (we can't use pstore.buf for tracing
as it would require grabbing pstore_lock, which we can't do -- the
locking operations are traced too, so it would recurse).


Anton Vorontsov
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