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SubjectRe: [PATCH] bio.c: reduce verbosity at boot
Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> Linux is really far too verbose at boot time. I don't think these messages
> add anything to either the end user experience or debug ability.
> Index: fs/bio.c
> ===================================================================
> RCS file: /var/cvs/linux-2.6/fs/bio.c,v
> retrieving revision 1.2
> diff -u -p -r1.2 bio.c
> --- fs/bio.c 29 Jul 2003 17:25:49 -0000 1.2
> +++ fs/bio.c 21 Aug 2003 14:58:40 -0000
> @@ -793,10 +793,6 @@ static void __init biovec_init_pools(voi
> mempool_free_slab, bp->slab);
> if (!bp->pool)
> panic("biovec: can't init mempool\n");
> -
> - printk("biovec pool[%d]: %3d bvecs: %3d entries (%d bytes)\n",
> - i, bp->nr_vecs, pool_entries,
> - size);

Although I agree with your "too verbose" sentiment above, I think the
removing the messages outright might not serve the best interests the
developer. Since even KERN_DEBUG still spams dmesg, in these situations
I usually change these type of messages to be conditionally printed iff
a debug macro is enabled.

As a tangent, the huge x86 IO-APIC verbosity really bugs me, too, and
often is the direct cause of useful early printk messages being lost
before boot is even complete.


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