Re: dmesg verbosity [was Re: AGP bogosities]

From: David Lang
Date: Mon Mar 14 2005 - 17:19:42 EST

On Tue, 15 Mar 2005, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:

We already have the 'quiet' option, but even so, I think the kernel is *way*
too verbose. Someone needs to make a personal crusade out of removing
unneeded and unjustified printks from the kernel before it really gets better

Oh well, I admit going backward here with my new radeonfb which will be
very verbose in a first release, but that will be necessary to track
down all the various issues with monitor detection, BIOSes telling crap
about connectors etc...

This isn't the problem, the fact that if I have all the encryption modes turned on I get several hundred lines of output telling me that it tested the encryption and got the result it expected is.

you are turning up the verbosity becouse it's needed, if you don't turn it down in a few releases (assuming you fix the problems by then ;-) then you would become part of the problem.

back in the 1.3/2.0 days when I started useing linux I was a PC repair technition and when working on the windows PC's I would use a linux boot disk to identify the hardware that was in the machine based on the dmesg output (and the ports things were on) so that I could configure the windows drivers. So it's not that I can't understand the value of the dmesg output, it's that there is now so much additional data that it's no longer reasonable to see what's going on.

when the boot dmesg output overflows the 500 line buffer of a VGA console so that you can not scroll back and see the messages by the time the system starts things have gotten too verbose.

David Lang

There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
-- C.A.R. Hoare
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