[PATCH] hvc_console: returning 0 from put_chars is not an error

Scott Wood scottwood at freescale.com
Fri Oct 16 05:57:45 EST 2009

Christian Borntraeger wrote:
> Right. Looking at more drivers it seems that both ways (waiting and dropping) 
> are used.
> Hmmm, if we are ok with having both options, we should let the hvc backend 
> decide if it wants to drain or to discard.

I'd say the dropping approach is quite undesirable (significant 
potential for output loss unless the buffer is huge), unless there's 
simply no way to safely spin.  Hopefully there are no such backends, but 
if there are perhaps we can have them return some special code to 
indicate that.

> If we just busy loop, it actually does not matter how we let hvc_console react 
> on 0, as long as we adopt all backends to use that interface consistent.
> On the other hand, backends might want to do special magic on congestion so I 
> personally tend to let the backend loop instead of hvc_console. But I am really  
> not sure.

Doing it in the backend requires the backend to know whether it's being 
called for printk or for user I/O.  In the latter case, we don't want to 
spin, but rather wait for an IRQ (or poll with a timer if there's no IRQ).


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