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Date:   Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:05:20 +0000
From:   "Adamski, Krzysztof (Nokia - PL/Wroclaw)" 
To:     "Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult" <>
CC:     Vincent Whitchurch <>,
        Greg KH <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] tty: Add NULL TTY driver

On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 02:32:41PM +0200, Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult wrote:
>On 05.04.19 11:00, Vincent Whitchurch wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 10:39:43AM +0200, Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult wrote:
>>> On 03.04.19 16:11, Vincent Whitchurch wrote:
>>>> Especially on embedded systems, it would be convenient to have a simple
>>>> way to disable the console (both for kernel and userspace) on a system
>>>> which normally uses it, to free up the UART for other things.
>>> Just symlinking to /dev/null does not work ?
>> No, /dev/null does not support the TTY ioctls.
>hmm, wo (which programs) do you need, that really need them ?
>>> OTOH, if you're introducing a dummy console, wouldn't a ringbuffer that,
>>> can be read out later, a better option ?
>> There is already a ttyprintk driver in mainline to send these messages
>> to the printk ring buffer if one is actually intrested in what is
>> written to the console.  There's no option to enable it via console= in
>> mainline but I have a patch for that too.
>Great. IMHO, that would be the better way.

There are (embedded) cases where the kernel ring buffer is stored for
log inspection and all the logs that are *not* wanted there (like
interactive debug logs, some progress bar, etc) are send specifically to
/dev/console to avoid sending them to normal log store (as they are only
useful when debugging over console). In non-debug mode /dev/console
becomes /dev/null to speed things up.

I would personally benefit from Vincents patch. In fact I found this
thread because I was considering doing exactly the same for our system.


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