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Old 12-08-2006, 04:10 PM   #1
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Time format in boot-time messages

I'm guessing this issue is kernel-based, so chose this forum.

Up until recent kernel releases, the time of day was given in human-readable format in the logged messages during the boot process. For the last few upgrades, time has been given in "epoch" format, for example (from my dmesg):

[17179596.344000] EXT3 FS on hdb1, internal journal
[17179596.352000] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[17179597.496000] e100: eth1: e100_watchdog: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex
Is there any way, short of recompiling the kernel, which is beyond my level of skill, to make the messages display readable time again? I have many times wanted to know when a certain event took place, mainly for troubleshooting. Now, though I suppose I could find a utility to convert epoch time to our normal system, it's no longer possible to glance at a line and see when this or that happened.

I posted on Ubuntu forums about this but never got an answer.

Old 12-22-2006, 12:31 PM   #2
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In kernel configuration the only thing you choose is if you want timing information on can't choose the format!


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