[PATCH 19/20] relay: Add global mode support for buffer-only channels

akash.goel at intel.com akash.goel at intel.com
Thu Aug 4 06:05:35 UTC 2016

From: Akash Goel <akash.goel at intel.com>

The following patch added support to use channels with no associated files.
	commit 20d8b67c06fa5e74f44e80b0a0fd68c8327f7c6a
	Author: Eduard - Gabriel Munteanu <eduard.munteanu at linux360.ro>
	Date:   Fri Jul 25 19:45:12 2008 -0700

		relay: add buffer-only channels; useful for early logging

This is useful when the exact location of relay file is not known or the
the parent directory of relay file is not available, while creating the
channel and the logging has to start right from the boot.

But there was no provision to use global mode with buffer-only channels,
which is added by this patch, without modifying the interface where initially
there will be a dummy invocation of create_buf_file callback through which
kernel client can convey the need of a global buffer.

For the use case where drivers/kernel clients want a simple interface for the
userspace, which enables them to capture data/logs from relay file inorder &
without any post processing, support of Global buffer mode is warranted.

Modules, like i915, using relay_open() in early init would have to later
register their buffer-only relays, once debugfs is available, by calling
relay_late_setup_files(). Hence relay_late_setup_files() symbol also needs
to be exported.

This patch is queued for merge in linux-next via akpm.

v2: Minor refactoring of code & rephrase the comment to be succinct. (Chris)

- Update the documentation & changelog to clarify about the need for
  exporting of relay_late_setup_files() symbol. (Chris)
- Elaborate the description of the parent patch. (Andrew)

v4: Fix the bad line warning issue with multi line comments.

Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1468404563-11653-1-git-send-email-akash.goel@intel.com
Signed-off-by: Akash Goel <akash.goel at intel.com>
Cc: Eduard - Gabriel Munteanu <eduard.munteanu at linux360.ro>
Cc: Tom Zanussi <tzanussi at gmail.com>
Cc: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm at linux-foundation.org>
 kernel/relay.c | 34 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 32 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/relay.c b/kernel/relay.c
index 04d7cf3..d797502 100644
--- a/kernel/relay.c
+++ b/kernel/relay.c
@@ -451,6 +451,13 @@ static struct rchan_buf *relay_open_buf(struct rchan *chan, unsigned int cpu)
 		if (!dentry)
 			goto free_buf;
 		relay_set_buf_dentry(buf, dentry);
+	} else {
+		/* Only retrieve global info, nothing more, nothing less */
+		dentry = chan->cb->create_buf_file(NULL, NULL,
+						   S_IRUSR, buf,
+						   &chan->is_global);
+		if (WARN_ON(dentry))
+			goto free_buf;
  	buf->cpu = cpu;
@@ -562,6 +569,10 @@ static int relay_hotcpu_callback(struct notifier_block *nb,
  *	attributes specified.  The created channel buffer files
  *	will be named base_filename0...base_filenameN-1.  File
  *	permissions will be %S_IRUSR.
+ *
+ *	If opening a buffer (@parent = NULL) that you later wish to register
+ *	in a filesystem, call relay_late_setup_files() once the @parent dentry
+ *	is available.
 struct rchan *relay_open(const char *base_filename,
 			 struct dentry *parent,
@@ -640,8 +651,12 @@ static void __relay_set_buf_dentry(void *info)
  *	Returns 0 if successful, non-zero otherwise.
- *	Use to setup files for a previously buffer-only channel.
- *	Useful to do early tracing in kernel, before VFS is up, for example.
+ *	Use to setup files for a previously buffer-only channel created
+ *	by relay_open() with a NULL parent dentry.
+ *
+ *	For example, this is useful for perfomring early tracing in kernel,
+ *	before VFS is up and then exposing the early results once the dentry
+ *	is available.
 int relay_late_setup_files(struct rchan *chan,
 			   const char *base_filename,
@@ -666,6 +681,20 @@ int relay_late_setup_files(struct rchan *chan,
 	chan->has_base_filename = 1;
 	chan->parent = parent;
+	if (chan->is_global) {
+		err = -EINVAL;
+		if (!WARN_ON_ONCE(!chan->buf[0])) {
+			dentry = relay_create_buf_file(chan, chan->buf[0], 0);
+			if (dentry && !WARN_ON_ONCE(!chan->is_global)) {
+				relay_set_buf_dentry(chan->buf[0], dentry);
+				err = 0;
+			}
+		}
+		mutex_unlock(&relay_channels_mutex);
+		return err;
+	}
 	curr_cpu = get_cpu();
 	 * The CPU hotplug notifier ran before us and created buffers with
@@ -706,6 +735,7 @@ int relay_late_setup_files(struct rchan *chan,
 	return err;
  *	relay_switch_subbuf - switch to a new sub-buffer

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