Re: Repeat the Ending

Ion Badulescu (
Thu, 12 Jun 1997 02:53:30 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 12 Jun 1997, Jon Lewis wrote:

> On Wed, 11 Jun 1997, Mikko J Rauhala wrote:
> > > > Better scroll back in the kernel would be useful for scrolling back to see
> > > > bootup messages...which screen can't help with. It would also be nice to
> > > > be able to have scrollback without VGA, i.e. in servers with hercules
> > > > clone mono cards.
> > > To get the bootup messages: dmesg
> >
> > I see you haven't had a lot of kernel debug messages coming your way...
> Take an SMP kernel, compile in drivers for a few devices...a SCSI card or
> two, ethernet, a selection of SCSI devices, etc., especially things like
> the Buslogic driver (16 or so lines of bootup info!), and the kernel
> message buffer runs out of space real quick.

That's actually beside the point, although it's true. The really hard case
is when your kernel does not make it to the point where you can run dmesg,
yet the relevant error messages have scrolled up and you can't see them

I would personally favor a compile-time switch for activating such a
feature, as it's really useful for debugging. Whether it's in Configure or
just in some random .c file it doesn't really matter.


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