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Subject[PATCH] Cute feature: colored printk output

Colored kernel message output

Let's work more on Linux's cuteness! [http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/10/4/431]
The following patch makes it possible to give kernel messages a
selectable color which helps to distinguish it from other noise,
such as boot messages. NetBSD has it, OpenBSD has it, FreeBSD to some
extent, so I think Linux should too.

Inspired by cko (http://freshmeat.net/p/cko/), but independently
written, later contributed forth and back.

Already posted at: http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/4/1/162

Signed-off-by: Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@gmx.de>

---
drivers/char/Kconfig | 29 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
drivers/char/vt.c | 14 ++++++++++++++
2 files changed, 43 insertions(+)

Index: linux-2.6.23/drivers/char/Kconfig
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.23.orig/drivers/char/Kconfig
+++ linux-2.6.23/drivers/char/Kconfig
@@ -58,6 +58,35 @@ config VT_CONSOLE

If unsure, say Y.

+config VT_PRINTK_COLOR
+ hex "Colored kernel message output"
+ range 0x00 0xFF
+ depends on VT_CONSOLE
+ default 0x17
+ ---help---
+ This option will give you ability to change the color of
+ kernel messages printed to the console.
+
+ The value you need to enter here is the ASCII color value
+ composed (OR'ed) by one foreground color, one background
+ color and any number of attributes as follows:
+
+ Foreground:
+ 0x00=black, 0x01=blue, 0x02=green, 0x03=green,
+ 0x04=red, 0x05=magenta, 0x06=brown, 0x07=gray
+
+ Background:
+ 0x00=black, 0x10=blue, 0x20=green, 0x30=green,
+ 0x40=red, 0x50=magenta, 0x60=brown, 0x70=gray
+
+ Attributes:
+ 0x08=highlight foreground
+
+ Thus, 0x17 will yield gray-on-blue like in OpenBSD and
+ 0x02 green-on-black like in NetBSD.
+ Using "highlight foreground" is said not work when you use
+ VGA Console (Framebuffer not affected) with a 512-glyph font.
+
config HW_CONSOLE
bool
depends on VT && !S390 && !UML
Index: linux-2.6.23/drivers/char/vt.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.23.orig/drivers/char/vt.c
+++ linux-2.6.23/drivers/char/vt.c
@@ -73,6 +73,7 @@
*/

#include <linux/module.h>
+#include <linux/moduleparam.h>
#include <linux/types.h>
#include <linux/sched.h>
#include <linux/tty.h>
@@ -2348,6 +2349,9 @@ struct tty_driver *console_driver;

#ifdef CONFIG_VT_CONSOLE

+static unsigned int printk_color = CONFIG_VT_PRINTK_COLOR;
+module_param(printk_color, uint, S_IRUGO | S_IWUSR);
+
/*
* Console on virtual terminal
*
@@ -2388,12 +2392,16 @@ static void vt_console_print(struct cons
hide_cursor(vc);

start = (ushort *)vc->vc_pos;
+ vc->vc_color = printk_color;
+ update_attr(vc);

/* Contrived structure to try to emulate original need_wrap behaviour
* Problems caused when we have need_wrap set on '\n' character */
while (count--) {
c = *b++;
if (c == 10 || c == 13 || c == 8 || vc->vc_need_wrap) {
+ vc->vc_color = vc->vc_def_color;
+ update_attr(vc);
if (cnt > 0) {
if (CON_IS_VISIBLE(vc))
vc->vc_sw->con_putcs(vc, start, cnt, vc->vc_y, vc->vc_x);
@@ -2406,6 +2414,8 @@ static void vt_console_print(struct cons
bs(vc);
start = (ushort *)vc->vc_pos;
myx = vc->vc_x;
+ vc->vc_color = printk_color;
+ update_attr(vc);
continue;
}
if (c != 13)
@@ -2413,6 +2423,8 @@ static void vt_console_print(struct cons
cr(vc);
start = (ushort *)vc->vc_pos;
myx = vc->vc_x;
+ vc->vc_color = printk_color;
+ update_attr(vc);
if (c == 10 || c == 13)
continue;
}
@@ -2434,6 +2446,8 @@ static void vt_console_print(struct cons
vc->vc_need_wrap = 1;
}
}
+ vc->vc_color = vc->vc_def_color;
+ update_attr(vc);
set_cursor(vc);

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