record boot messages
see also :
[-c] [-d] [-r]
[-s] [-v] [ -l logfile ] [
-p pidfile ]
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runs in the background and copies all strings sent to the
/dev/console device to a logfile. If the logfile is
not accessible, the messages will be kept in memory until it
Do not fork and run in the
Attempt to write to the logfile even if it does not yet
exist. Without this option, bootlogd will wait for
the logfile to appear before attempting to write to it. This
behavior prevents bootlogd from creating logfiles under
If there is an existing logfile called logfile
rename it to logfile~ unless logfile~ already
Ensure that the data is written to the file after each
line by calling fdatasync(3). This will slow down a
fsck(8) process running in parallel.
Log to this logfile. The
default is /var/log/boot.
Put process-id in this file.
The default is no pidfile.
by redirecting the console output from the console device.
(Consequently bootlogd requires PTY support in the
kernel configuration.) It copies that output to the real
console device and to a log file. There is no standard way
of ascertaining the real console device if you have a
new-style /dev/console device (major 5, minor 1) so
bootlogd parses the kernel command line looking for
console=... lines and deduces the real console device
from that. If that syntax is ever changed by the kernel, or
a console type is used that bootlogd does not know
about then bootlogd will not work.