Subject: Re: kernel panic messages
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Martin J. Laubach <email@example.com>
Date: 05/04/2003 06:35:09
| > how about changing the panic signature to include __FILE__ and __LINE__ just
| > before the const char * fmt?
| Doubles or tripples the number of strings. If all we need to do is add a
| number to the existing string, let's just do that.
For implementing, I see four possibilities
(a) touch each panic() call to included __FILE__ and __LINE__,
change the panic() signature to take two more arguments.
(b) wrap it in a macro that does add magically __FILE__ and __LINE__.
gcc can do varargs macros IIRC but I'm not sure we want to
(c) move the actual panic format strings out of the panic call,
have a char *panic_format_table somewhere and reference just
the index. This raises the bar for people to quickly add a
panic somewhere, on the other hand it's a good thing to have
all possible panics documented somewhere (perhaps even with --
gasp! -- some short comment hinting what "foo blorpled magic
cube" means). Add something to the makefile to check for
duplicate panic strings and bail out.
(d) make a pass over all strings to make them unique. Rather prone
to bit-rot since later additions will need another pass in
a year or so. And another. And...
a is easy but a lot of rototilling. b is easier but depends on gccisms.
d is a temporary hack. c is my favorite but still a lot of work.