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From: Paul Mundt on 3 Aug 2010 23:40
On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 at 04:59:26PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Aug 2010 13:03:25 +0530
> "Shilimkar, Santosh" <santosh.shilimkar(a)ti.com> wrote:
> > > thought that those events simply aren't occurring, and that the patch
> > > has no effect. Confused - please explain further.
> > These events can come during the CPU hotplug(offline). Below is the
> > complete patch. Also attaching it in case some email format screw
> > up.
> > -----------------------------------------------
> > >From b99271ce43cc82cda28447444004933d0f218ee3 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> > From: Santosh Shilimkar <santosh.shilimkar(a)ti.com>
> > Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:58:22 +0530
> > Subject: [PATCH] console: flush delayed log messages from cpu-hotplug events
> > 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.
> > This is true even when CPU is getting hot-plugged out(offline) so
> > need to add additional hotplug events.
> > The issue was seen on 2.6.34.
> > Signed-off-by: Santosh Shilimkar <santosh.shilimkar(a)ti.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Kevin Cernekee <cernekee(a)gmail.com>
> An older version of this patch is present in linux-next, committed by
> Paul Mundt, who wasn't cc'ed here(!).
> Paul, please update. Be aware that the version of the patch to which I
> replied is also not the latest.
I just reviewed it, it went in through the MIPS tree if memory serves
correctly, so Ralf (added to Cc) would have been the one that checked it
in. I'll take a look at the thread though.
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