Re: [PATCH RESEND 1/3] printk: convert byte-buffer to variable-lengthrecord buffer

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sat May 12 2012 - 14:35:22 EST

On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM, Sasha Levin <levinsasha928@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> So I got something like this:
> # sleep 61 ; echo foo > /dev/kmsg ; sleep 61 ; echo bar > /dev/kmsg ;
> sleep 5 ; echo zoot > /dev/kmsg ; sleep 10 ; echo foo > /dev/kmsg ;
> echo bar > /dev/kmsg ; sleep 61 ; echo zoot > /dev/kmsg ; echo foo >
> /dev/kmsg
> [  673.222632] foo
> [  734.315249] bar
> [   +5.077527] zoot
> [  +10.235225] foo
> [   +0.002971] bar
> [  810.883085] zoot
> [   +0.003081] foo
> If that looks right, I can send a patch once this printf overhaul is
> stable, unless Kay already plans on doing it as part of his work.

So judging by my own use, I really think that

(a) the microseconds are *totally* useless for the absolute time. In
fact, they are worse than useless: they take up space and are actively

If the last message was over a minute ago, *nobody* cares about
the microsecond. The microseconds are useful when there are multiple
messages and you see that "oh, those events happened within a couple
of ms of each other", but for the absolute time they are just bad.

Even the *seconds* are probably not that interesting.

(b) The one thing I have often wanted is not "after how many seconds
of boot", but "when". So it would actually be nice if the absolute
time was converted into local time. The kernel can actually do that,
so I suspect that the best format for the relative timestamps would
really be something like

> [May12 11:27] foo
> [May12 11:28] bar
> [ +5.077527] zoot
> [ +10.235225] foo
> [ +0.002971] bar
> [May12 11:29] zoot
> [ +0.003081] foo

because that would be really useful sometimes.

(And no, never mind the year. If you log those things long-term, the
year will be in the full log, so logging the year in the dmesg is just

I dunno. The above is what I would have liked to see quite often. I
look at dmesg, and notice that I had an WARN_ON_ONCE in it, and I have
no idea when it happened, because the "seconds since boot" is totally
useless information for me, as I'm too lazy to try to use /proc/uptime
to calculate what it is.

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