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SubjectRe: [2.6.18-rc7] printk output delay in syslog wrt dmesg still unfixed
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On Sat, 2006-09-16 at 14:45 +0200, Tilman Schmidt wrote:
> The following problem, which I reported for kernel 2.6.18-rc1 on my
> development machine
> Dell OptiPlex GX110
> uname -a = Linux gx110 2.6.18-rc7-noinitrd #1 PREEMPT Thu Sep 14
> 15:13:38 CEST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
> 933 MHz Pentium III processor, i810 chipset, 512 MB RAM
> distribution SuSE 10.0, syslog-ng 1.6.8, klogd 1.4.1, Xorg X11 6.8.2
> still exists with 2.6.18-rc7:
>
> While X is running, output from printk() appears in syslog (eg.
> /var/log/messages) only after a key is pressed on the system keyboard,
> even though it is visible with dmesg immediately.
>
> Additional observations:
> - The problem is *not* present with 2.6.17.* or earlier kernels.
> - The problem *is* present with 2.6.18-rc*-mm* kernels.
> - The problem disappears if the X server is terminated (telinit 3) and
> reappears if the X server is started again (telinit 5).
> - Syslog messages from userspace programs are not affected by the delay.
> - No messages are lost, all appear eventually, though possibly hours
> or days later, depending on how long nobody touches the keyboard.
> - It doesn't matter which key is pressed; even pressing a shift key all
> by its own is sufficient to make the missing messages appear.
> - I couldn't find any other action that would release the messages;
> neither mouse movements or clicks, nor waiting up to 24 hours, not
> even logging in via ssh from another machine and compiling a Linux
> kernel. ;-)
> - The effect can be clearly observed by the difference between the
> kernel's own timestamps and those by syslogd; an extreme example:
>
> Sep 16 14:11:16 gx110 kernel: [18729.057746] gigaset: unblocking all
> channels
> Sep 16 14:11:16 gx110 kernel: [18729.057765] gigaset: searching
> scheduled commands
> Sep 16 14:11:16 gx110 kernel: [86033.298803] gigaset: received response
> (8 bytes): ^M^JZLOG^M^J
> Sep 16 14:11:16 gx110 kernel: [86033.298898] bas_gigaset: cmd_loop: End
> of Command (0 Bytes)
>
> Please let me know if I can help in any way with locating the cause of
> this annoying phenomenon.

Unfortunately I don't know what would be the cause.

You might try git-bisect to find the offending patch.
http://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/howto/isolate-bugs-with-bisect.txt


thanks
-john

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