kernel/printk/printk.c: fix faulty logic in the case of recursive printk

We shouldn't set text_len in the code path that detects printk recursion
because text_len corresponds to the length of the string inside textbuf.
A few lines down from the line

    text_len = strlen(recursion_msg);

is the line

    text_len += vscnprintf(text + text_len, ...);

So if printk detects recursion, it sets text_len to 29 (the length of
recursion_msg) and logs an error.  Then the message supplied by the
caller of printk is stored inside textbuf but offset by 29 bytes.  This
means that the output of the recursive call to printk will contain 29
bytes of garbage in front of it.

This defect is caused by commit 458df9fd4815 ("printk: remove separate
printk_sched buffers and use printk buf instead") which turned the line

    text_len = vscnprintf(text, ...);


    text_len += vscnprintf(text + text_len, ...);

To fix this, this patch avoids setting text_len when logging the printk
recursion error.  This patch also marks unlikely() the branch leading up
to this code.

Fixes: 458df9fd4815b478 ("printk: remove separate printk_sched buffers and use printk buf instead")
Signed-off-by: Patrick Palka <>
Reviewed-by: Petr Mladek <>
Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>
Acked-by: Steven Rostedt <>
Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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