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Hi Alan.

You may remember a while back a suggestion that panic messages be
dumped to floppy so they can be read afterwards.

I've been looking into this idea for a while, in between working on my
plans to get married, and looking for a job somewhere, and I think I
have the bones of it laid out now.

I'm NOT planning on making panics automatically dump to floppy. What I
was looking at instead was to add a SysRq option to dump the current
syslog buffer to floppy. This would be available at any time, but ONLY
if the kernel has SYSRQ support compiled in, and has additionally
enabled CONFIG_SYSRQ_DUMPLOG (which appears when SYSRQ is enabled). In
addition, it would need to be enabled at runtime, probably by writing
to a root-owned /proc file with 0600 permissions.

Before I go any further with this, I would like to ask a few questions
relating to it:

1. Is there any likelihood of this making it into the official
kernel, or am I just wasting my time?

2. Would I be right in thinking it's too late for either the
2.2 or 2.4 kernels ???

Assuming it'd be of interest to Linus and yourself...

3. My investigations so far have indicated that the current
syslog buffer at 16k is too small to guarantee that all
the relevant messages are still there. I would therefore
be looking at increasing this to at least 32k, and would
probably include a config menu to select the size to use
if CONFIG_SYSRQ_DUMPLOG is enabled, offering 32k, 64k,
128k, 256k, 512k and 1M as options.

Would this cause any problems?

4. My choice would be to use SYSRQ-D to activate this. Are
there any other plans for that combination, that you are
aware of?

5. I was wondering about providing some means of selecting
whether to dump to /dev/fd0 or /dev/fd1 (or others if
present). What would be your opinion on this?

6. A while back, I developed a high-level floppy formatter
that produces a non-standard DOS-compatible format that
allows 1436k of data on a 1440k floppy, and produced a
bash script that would produce disks formatted in this
format.

My current plans are for SYSRQ-D to raw write direct to
/dev/fd0 and effectively reformat the disks in this
format, dropping the log file thereon in the process. I
don't plan on doing the low-level format, just the
high-level one.

Can you see anything wrong with this idea?

Best wishes from Riley.


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