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CONFIG_DYNAMIC_DEBUG: Enable dynamic printk() support

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_DYNAMIC_DEBUG:

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Compiles debug level messages into the kernel, which would not otherwise be available at runtime. These messages can then be enabled/disabled based on various levels of scope - per source file, function, module, format string, and line number. This mechanism implicitly compiles in all pr_debug() and dev_dbg() calls, which enlarges the kernel text size by about 2%.

If a source file is compiled with DEBUG flag set, any pr_debug() calls in it are enabled by default, but can be disabled at runtime as below. Note that DEBUG flag is turned on by many *DEBUG* options.

Usage:

Dynamic debugging is controlled via the 'dynamic_debug/control' file, which is contained in the 'debugfs' filesystem. Thus, the debugfs filesystem must first be mounted before making use of this feature. We refer the control file as: <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control. This file contains a list of the debug statements that can be enabled. The format for each line of the file is:

filename:lineno [module]function flags format

filename : source file of the debug statement lineno : line number of the debug statement module : module that contains the debug statement function : function that contains the debug statement flags : '=p' means the line is turned 'on' for printing format : the format used for the debug statement

From a live system:

nullarbor:~ # cat <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control # filename:lineno [module]function flags format fs/aio.c:222 [aio]__put_ioctx =_ "__put_ioctx:\040freeing\040%p\012" fs/aio.c:248 [aio]ioctx_alloc =_ "ENOMEM:\040nr_events\040too\040high\012" fs/aio.c:1770 [aio]sys_io_cancel =_ "calling\040cancel\012"

Example usage:

// enable the message at line 1603 of file svcsock.c nullarbor:~ # echo -n 'file svcsock.c line 1603 +p' > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control

// enable all the messages in file svcsock.c nullarbor:~ # echo -n 'file svcsock.c +p' > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control

// enable all the messages in the NFS server module nullarbor:~ # echo -n 'module nfsd +p' > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control

// enable all 12 messages in the function svc_process() nullarbor:~ # echo -n 'func svc_process +p' > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control

// disable all 12 messages in the function svc_process() nullarbor:~ # echo -n 'func svc_process -p' > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control

See Documentation/dynamic-debug-howto.txt for additional information.

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