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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:26:22 -0800
From: Randy Dunlap <>
To: Jonathan Corbet <>, "Tobin C. Harding" <>
 Kees Cook <>, Alexander Popov <>,
 Joe Perches <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 0/3] doc: update printk documentation

On 12/21/2017 11:21 AM, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:17:14 +1100
> "Tobin C. Harding" <> wrote:
>> This set converts printk-formats.txt -> core-api/printk-formats.rst
>> We also update the documentation around printing kernel addresses.
>> This is my first documentation conversion. Please do be hard on this
>> patch series. I'd like to get it _really_ correct so that future
>> conversions will require less review effort. Also if there are any
>> peculiarities to patching docs (as apposed to C files) please say so.
>> Thank you for the time already given to reviewing previous versions.
> So I spent a while thinking hard about how I could make Tobin do another
> round or two on these patches.  But then I figure that it's the holidays,
> and I should just apply them.  So that's done.  Thanks for all of your
> work on this!
> That said...
>  - I don't quite understand why you capitalize "kernel" everywhere.  I
>    vaguely recall some sort of discussion on that.  To me it looks
>    strange...oh well.

Mauro explained that he capitalizes Kernel when it is being used as a
shortened version of "the Linux kernel," i.e., as a proper name,
so I think that Tobin appropriated that style.

It would be OK to undo that IMO.

>  - There's a dangling reference to printk-formats.txt in lib/vsprintf.c
>    that we'll want to fix up.
>  - The vsprintf kerneldoc currently gets pulled into the big "kernel API"
>    dumpster.  Someday, it would be nice to turn printk-formats.rst into a
>    "how to output data from the kernel" section, with documentation on
>    vnsprintf, printk, trace_printk, and format strings all in one place.
>    What a fine day that would be...


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