From: Dan Nelson
Subject: Re: A beautiful dmesg! Maybe one day?
Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 13:14:04 -0500

> In the last episode (May 06), Fafa Hafiz Krantz said:
> > For you all meticulous cats out there, here's how I hope that
> > FreeBSD's dmesg one day can look like. This is merely a
> > beautification that would make more people go "wow, cool" and it
> > doesn't deprive FreeBSD of its UNIX heritage.
> >
> > Perhaps someone out there can help me implement these changes? I have
> > a lot more suggestions for ASCII redesigns, so let me know!
> >
> > ata0: Attached to port 0x3f6,0x1f0-0x1f7 irq 14 on isa0
> > ata1: Attached to port 0x376,0x170-0x177 irq 15 on isa0
> > atkbdc0: Keyboard controller (i8042), at port 0x64,0x60 on isa0

> It's easy enough to change the format string in
> subr_bus.c:device_print_prettyname() to pad out the devicename.
> However, you may prefer to just put up a splash screen (see the splash
> manpage), so the user doesn't even see the kernel messages at all.

Many of his suggestions are subtle changes to the probe messages in
addition to the format string.

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