[PATCH] Fancy rc startup (revisited)

Eric Anderson anderson at freebsd.org
Sun May 13 19:29:07 UTC 2007

On 05/12/07 22:18, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On 2007-05-12 21:40, Dan Nelson <dnelson at allantgroup.com> wrote:
>> In the last episode (May 12), Robert Watson said:
>>> Call me old-fashioned, but I actually preferred the much more
>>> abbreviated rc output from before rc.d even. :-) We're not going back
>>> to hardware devices where all the probed devices add up to fewer than
>>> 25 lines, I'm sure, but when daemons generated 8-12 characters
>>> without a carriage return each, there was a good chance you could
>>> still see the end of the kernel messages by the time you got to
>>> login:, and I miss that.  I don't object to optional more complex
>>> output as long as that complexity is hidden away neatly somewhere in
>>> rc.subr, and isn't on by default as shipped.  I'd love it if someone
>>> could restore the even shorter output we had before.
>> Taken to an extreme, you have Solaris 10, where you get the kernel's
>> copyright message, smf kicks off all the startup scripts in parallel
>> (subject to dependency rules) in the background, their output goes
>> into individual logfiles, and all you see is the login: prompt at the
>> console :)
> More like Solaris 10 "boot -v", where you still get the kernel messages,
> but you have a point there.  I am kind of old-fashioned in the Robert
> way too, however.  If there was a way to minimize the console output
> when services are starting, i.e. to print something like:
>   [last kernel message]
>   Booting FreeBSD: dumpon initrandom fsck root hostid mountcritlocal
>   var cleanvar random adjkerntz hostname kldxref swap sysctl netif (lo0
>   fxp0) pflog pf routing devd nsswitch devfs syslogd ldconfig named
>   auditd tmp cleartmp dmesg virecover local motd ntpd powerd syscons
>   sshd sendmail cron securelevel power_profile inetd
>   foo login:
> where each rc.d script would only print its name if it *was* enabled
> with xxx_enable, optionally followed by a parenthesized list of
> single-word status messages for each subscript/component), would be
> really neat.
> Is there any easy way we can 'tune' the fancy script to support the
> current output style, a very brief style like above, and then a fancy
> colorful style, depending on an rc.conf setting?

I think the rc_fancy patch could be pretty easily tweaked to do exactly 
what you say.  I might give it a go, and add that as another option to 
it.  Maybe then the variable should change to rc_style_* instead?


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