fs/seq_file.c: seq_read(): add info message about buggy .next functions

Patch series "seq_file .next functions should increase position index".

In Aug 2018 NeilBrown noticed commit 1f4aace60b0e ("fs/seq_file.c:
simplify seq_file iteration code and interface")

"Some ->next functions do not increment *pos when they return NULL...
Note that such ->next functions are buggy and should be fixed.  A simple
demonstration is dd if=/proc/swaps bs=1000 skip=1 Choose any block size
larger than the size of /proc/swaps.  This will always show the whole
last line of /proc/swaps"

Described problem is still actual.  If you make lseek into middle of
last output line following read will output end of last line and whole
last line once again.

  $ dd if=/proc/swaps bs=1  # usual output
  Filename				Type		Size	Used	Priority
  /dev/dm-0                             partition	4194812	97536	-2
  104+0 records in
  104+0 records out
  104 bytes copied

  $ dd if=/proc/swaps bs=40 skip=1    # last line was generated twice
  dd: /proc/swaps: cannot skip to specified offset
  v/dm-0                                partition	4194812	97536	-2
  /dev/dm-0                             partition	4194812	97536	-2
  3+1 records in
  3+1 records out
  131 bytes copied

There are lot of other affected files, I've found 30+ including
/proc/net/ip_tables_matches and /proc/sysvipc/*

I've sent patches into maillists of affected subsystems already, this
patch-set fixes the problem in files related to pstore, tracing, gcov,
sysvipc and other subsystems processed via linux-kernel@ mailing list


This patch (of 4):

Add debug code to seq_read() to detect missed or out-of-tree incorrect
.next seq_file functions.

[akpm@linux-foundation.org: s/pr_info/pr_info_ratelimited/, per Qian Cai]
Signed-off-by: Vasily Averin <vvs@virtuozzo.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: NeilBrown <neilb@suse.com>
Cc: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
Cc: Davidlohr Bueso <dave@stgolabs.net>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@redhat.com>
Cc: Manfred Spraul <manfred@colorfullife.com>
Cc: Peter Oberparleiter <oberpar@linux.ibm.com>
Cc: Waiman Long <longman@redhat.com>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/244674e5-760c-86bd-d08a-047042881748@virtuozzo.com
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/7c24087c-e280-e580-5b0c-0cdaeb14cd18@virtuozzo.com
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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