Re: [PATCH v2 2/2] init/Kconfig: Increase default log buffer size from 128 KB to 512 KB

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Dear Petr,

Am 11.08.20 um 12:53 schrieb Petr Mladek:
On Tue 2020-08-11 11:29:24, Paul Menzel wrote:
Commit f17a32e97e (let LOG_BUF_SHIFT default to 17) from 2008 was the
last time, the the default log buffer size bump was increased.

Machines have evolved, and on current hardware, enough memory is
present, and some devices have over 200 PCI devices, like a two socket
Skylake-E server, resulting a lot of lines.

Therefore, increase the default from 128 KB to 512 KB. Anyone, with
limited memory, can still lower it.

--- a/init/Kconfig
+++ b/init/Kconfig
@@ -681,9 +681,9 @@ config IKHEADERS
  	  kheaders.ko is built which can be loaded on-demand to get access to headers.
-	int "Kernel log buffer size (16 => 64KB, 17 => 128KB)"
+	int "Kernel log buffer size (17 => 128KB, 19 => 512KB)"
  	range 12 25
-	default 17
+	default 19
  	depends on PRINTK
  	  Select the minimal kernel log buffer size as a power of 2.

Honestly, I do not have experience with changing the defaults. People
hacking small devices might complain. Well, this can be solved
by increasing the default only when BASE_FULL is set.

I am personally fine with increasing the default when BASE_FULL
is set. The amount of messages is growing over time because of
increasing complexity of both the hardware and software.
Fortunately also the amount of available memory is growing.

Well, this should get discussed in wider audience. Adding some
people into CC.

JFYI, it started with report of lost messages, see

As there was no objection, is it possible to apply the two patches, and maybe even get them into Linux 5.10?

Kind regards,


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