Subject: Re: Tracking Prevalance of Bugs
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/06/1999 19:47:27
>Do you have some code to do this? I don't think any changes to the
>distribution are necessary right off; just adding a `dmesg | mail'
>line to /etc/rc.local is a pretty easy change from the user's side.

the code should be easy enough to whip up, but i'd like to suggest
that it *only* send the code out if the /etc/motd got changed (because
of a new kernel build :) so that whoever's gonna be collecting this
info doesn't get *indundated* by identical emails every time a
volunteer's laptop unwittingly reboots.

here's a simple patch.  :)

--- rc-orig	Wed Apr 14 07:05:28 1999
+++ rc	Thu May  6 19:46:06 1999
@@ -370,7 +370,12 @@
 	sysctl -n kern.version | sed 1q > $T
 	echo "" >> $T
 	sed '1,/^$/d' < /etc/motd >> $T
-	cmp -s $T /etc/motd || cp $T /etc/motd
+	if cmp -s $T /etc/motd ; then
+		cp $T /etc/motd
+		if checkyesno email_dmesg; then
+			dmesg | mail -s "dmesg output"
+		fi
+	fi
 	rm -f $T

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