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Date:	Sat, 06 Oct 2007 20:50:05 -0400
From:	Bill Davidsen <>
To:	Jan Engelhardt <>
CC:	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Dave Jones <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Cute feature: colored printk output

Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Oct 6 2007 15:53, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>> Jan Engelhardt wrote:
>>> Colored kernel message output
>>> Let's work more on Linux's cuteness! []
>>> 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 (, but independently
>>> written, later contributed forth and back.
>> I like it, although having a boot option would be nice (I have a friend with
>> color perception issues).
> sysfs attributes can be set at boot time (and not only that).
> Here, try the "davej's salad" configuration :-)
> 	vt.default_red=0,192,128,170,0,170
> 	vt.default_grn=0,0,170,128,64,0
> 	vt.default_blu=0,0,0,0,128,128
> 	vt.printk_color=1,1,1,1,5,3,2
>> I start my root xterm in white on blue for identification, so color coding
>> sounds like a great idea to me.
> This has nothing to do with xterms, this is "VGA color console" only.
> xterm config is in /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XTerm-color.

Try reparsing that... I said I use color coding in root xterm, so I am 
generally in favor of the color coding concept to make important 
messages obvious. Is that clearer?

Bill Davidsen <>
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