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@@ -24,7 +24,7 @@ Dynamic debug has even more useful features:
read to display the complete list of known debug statements, to help guide you
Controlling dynamic debug Behaviour
-===============================
+===================================
The behaviour of pr_debug()/dev_debug()s are controlled via writing to a
control file in the 'debugfs' filesystem. Thus, you must first mount the debugfs
@@ -212,6 +212,26 @@ Note the regexp ^[-+=][scp]+$ matches a flags specification.
Note also that there is no convenient syntax to remove all
the flags at once, you need to use "-psc".
+
+Debug messages during boot process
+==================================
+
+To be able to activate debug messages during the boot process,
+even before userspace and debugfs exists, use the boot parameter:
+ddebug_query="QUERY"
+
+QUERY follows the syntax described above, but must not exceed 1023
+characters. The enablement of debug messages is done as an arch_initcall.
+Thus you can enable debug messages in all code processed after this
+arch_initcall via this boot parameter.
+On an x86 system for example ACPI enablement is a subsys_initcall and
+ddebug_query="file ec.c +p"
+will show early Embedded Controller transactions during ACPI setup if
+your machine (typically a laptop) has an Embedded Controller.
+PCI (or other devices) initialization also is a hot candidate for using
+this boot parameter for debugging purposes.
+
+
Examples
========

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