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SubjectQuestion about /proc/kmsg semantics..
Two pronged:

I've seen a couple of patches in the archives to make open()/close()
on /proc/kmsg do more than NOP. As of 2.4.4, klogd still needs to
run as root since access is checked on read() rather than once at
open(). I can't find the rationale as to why they're rejected.

Also, why is reading /proc/kmsg a privileged operation, yet dmesg
can happily print out the entire ring via (do_)syslog() ?


Michael Bacarella <>
Technical Staff / System Development,
New York Connect.Net, Ltd.
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