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Bug 74425 - ebuild for bootchart
Summary: ebuild for bootchart
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: [OLD] baselayout (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
Keywords: EBUILD
Depends on:
Blocks: 69579 141114
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Reported: 2004-12-14 13:40 UTC by Paul Pacheco
Modified: 2006-09-30 19:08 UTC (History)
31 users (show)

See Also:
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

bootchart.tar.gz (bootchart.tar.gz,2.60 KB, application/x-tgz)
2004-12-14 13:41 UTC, Paul Pacheco
hooks.diff (bootcharthooks.diff,2.67 KB, patch)
2004-12-14 13:43 UTC, Paul Pacheco
Details | Diff
hooks.diff (bootcharthooks.diff,3.25 KB, patch)
2004-12-14 14:56 UTC, Paul Pacheco
Details | Diff
bootchart.tar.gz (bootchart.tar.gz,2.73 KB, application/x-tgz)
2004-12-15 14:43 UTC, Paul Pacheco
hooks.diff (bootcharthooks.diff,2.31 KB, patch)
2004-12-16 08:33 UTC, Paul Pacheco
Details | Diff
bootchart.tar.gz (bootchart.tar.gz,2.60 KB, application/x-tgz)
2004-12-16 08:37 UTC, Paul Pacheco
bootchart.tar.gz (bootchart.tar.gz,2.68 KB, application/x-tgz)
2004-12-21 15:19 UTC, Paul Pacheco
bootchart-0.6.tar.gz (bootchart-0.6.tar.gz,2.84 KB, application/x-tgz)
2004-12-22 10:37 UTC, Paul Pacheco
bootchart-0.7.tar.gz (bootchart-0.7.tar.gz,2.59 KB, application/octet-stream)
2005-01-12 09:15 UTC, Paul Pacheco
bootchart-0.8.tar.gz (bootchart-0.8.tar.gz,2.16 KB, application/x-tgz)
2005-02-09 07:44 UTC, Paul Pacheco
hooks_for_shapshot.diff (hooks_snapshot.diff,2.25 KB, patch)
2005-02-15 12:27 UTC, Paul Pacheco
Details | Diff
bootchart-0.8-r1.tar.gz (bootchart-0.8.tar.gz,2.49 KB, application/x-tgz)
2005-02-18 14:50 UTC, Paul Pacheco
bootchart-0.8-r2.tar.gz (bootchart-0.8.tar.gz,2.57 KB, application/octet-stream)
2005-03-15 08:59 UTC, Paul Pacheco
hooks-baselayout-1.12.0_pre6.diff (hooks-baselayout-1.12.0_pre6.diff,1.75 KB, patch)
2005-09-06 18:14 UTC, Paul Pacheco
Details | Diff
bootchart-0.8-r3.tar.gz (bootchart.tgz,2.86 KB, application/x-tgz)
2005-09-06 18:15 UTC, Paul Pacheco
bootchart-0.8-r4.tar.gz (bootchart.tgz,2.88 KB, application/x-tgz)
2005-09-06 19:06 UTC, Paul Pacheco
bootchart-0.9.tar.gz (bootchart-0.9.tar.gz,10.00 KB, application/octet-stream)
2006-07-19 20:39 UTC, Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy (RETIRED)

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Description Paul Pacheco 2004-12-14 13:40:41 UTC
this is an ebuild for bootchart from

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-14 13:41:47 UTC
Created attachment 45989 [details]

ebuild for bootchart. Requires the other patch to be applied first.
Comment 2 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-14 13:43:02 UTC
Created attachment 45990 [details, diff]

patch that adds the required hooks to system scripts.
Apply with 

cd /
patch -p0 < hooks.diff
Comment 3 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-14 14:56:39 UTC
Created attachment 45995 [details, diff]

Now RC_USE_BOOTCHART can be turned on/off in /etc/conf.d/rc
Comment 4 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-15 14:43:24 UTC
Created attachment 46083 [details]

Logs are now generated in /var/run/bootchart
and then moved to /var/log/bootchart
as vapier requested
Comment 5 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2004-12-15 18:44:32 UTC
any chance we can move all the 'api' logic into (btw, BC_DIR wasnt update in that file) ?

that way if the semantics of the bootchart java app itself changes, we just have to update instead of roll a new baselayout
Comment 6 Tobias Sager 2004-12-16 01:24:06 UTC
There should be a message about RC_USE_BOOTCHART in pkg_postinst.
Any I would add a ${PV} to the patches in ${FILESDIR} to avoid confusion for new versions.
Comment 7 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-16 08:33:59 UTC
Created attachment 46132 [details, diff]

hooks are much simpler now and hidden away in as
suggested by SpanKY.

I renamed to because some time
in the future I might make a port of bootchart in python and I would like to be
able to use the same hooks.
Comment 8 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-16 08:37:58 UTC
Created attachment 46134 [details]

This new ebuild has the with all the logic, and
pkg_postinst now mentions RC_USE_BOOTCHART
Comment 9 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-16 09:03:59 UTC
I would suggest to set RC_USE_BOOTCHART="yes" by default because it is totally irrelevant and harmless before bootchart is emerged. At that point, the user most likelly wants to actually generate the chart.
Comment 10 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2004-12-16 09:10:05 UTC
bootchart is somewhat of a debugging feature ... the defaut on the baselayout side of things will be off
Comment 11 Harm Geerts 2004-12-18 18:28:56 UTC
1. The current setup won't work for users that have a seperate /usr and/or /var partition.

/usr/bin/top and /usr/bin/iostat are started before /usr is mounted.

With a  /var partition it's impossible to mount the tmpfs at /var/run/bootchart for the logfiles.

Possible solutions:
/usr: copy /usr/bin/top and /usr/bin/iostat to a location where bootchart can reach them when the computer is restarted/shutdown. This way you'll always have a current binary.

/var: use a unique mountpoint in / that nobody else in the world uses?

2. in process_name() the process-data is written to $BC_DIR/mnt/boot.pidname.log
The directory $BC_DIR/mnt does not exist (so this will fail) and the other logfiles are written to $BC_DIR
This is inconsistant and should be the same.

3:30am: still no bootchart and a hard time debugging this to get one :+
Comment 12 Harm Geerts 2004-12-18 18:58:02 UTC
Just a thought:

computer shutdown:
create the workdirectory for bootchart in /
for example /bootchart (if it doesn't already exists!)
copy the environment for bootchart to /bootchart (top/iostat/etc. + mountpoint for tmpfs /bootchart/mnt)

computer startup:
mount tmpfs on /bootchart/mnt (this should be accessible)
run top and iostat from /bootchart/bin etc.

end of startup:
kill top/iostat
move logfiles to /var/log/bootchart
unmount tmpfs
remove /bootchart

removing /bootchart might be to much but I like my root clean :)
Invisible to the user and should be possible with any partition layout.
Comment 13 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-21 15:19:35 UTC
Created attachment 46582 [details]

fixed the $BC_DIR/mnt/boot.pidname.log issue.
Added a warning about /, /usr and /var having to be on the same device

Sorry, but the devs would not hear about /bootchart. here is a work around


if you have /, /usr and /var in separate partitions, follow these steps:

1) create directories /lib/bootchart and /lib/bootchart/mnt (or any other
location that you prefer)
2) copy /usr/bin/top and /usr/bin/iostat to /bin
3) edit /sbin/ and change BC_TOP_DIR and BC_DIR to
point to /lib/bootchart and /lib/bootchart/mnt respectivelly.
4) copy /usr/share/bootchart/.toprc in /lib/bootchart
Comment 14 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-21 15:21:32 UTC
I meant to say BC_TOP_HOME
Comment 15 Harm Geerts 2004-12-21 18:58:15 UTC
I expected that much, it probably would break any standard.
like I said: just a thought
Comment 16 Paul Pacheco 2004-12-22 10:37:09 UTC
Created attachment 46645 [details]

version bump. plus

/var/run/bootchart was being cleaned up by /etc/init.d/bootmisc, so moved
BC_DIR to /var/log/bootchart. I have no idea how it ever worked.

This version now depends on java tar library, an ebuild for that is available
at bug 75343
Comment 17 Paul Pacheco 2005-01-12 09:15:21 UTC
Created attachment 48313 [details]

version bump
Comment 18 Paul Pacheco 2005-01-12 09:16:59 UTC
does not use javatar any more
Comment 19 Henrik Brix Andersen 2005-01-24 11:22:55 UTC
I suggest app-benchmarks/bootchart. I am very much interested in integrating support for this in baselayout.
Comment 20 Paul Pacheco 2005-02-09 07:44:23 UTC
Created attachment 50832 [details]

* Version bump.

* Now it does not require top or iostat.

* show in tooltips stack trace where subshells are created. It will tell you
what bash function, script and line the boot proceses were started. You must
set svg format for this and use batik or adobesvg to view the svg

* Create the image by itself. So the only thing that the user has to do is
enable RC_USE_BOOTCHART in /etc/conf.d/rc, reboot and voila, the image is in
/var/log/bootchart.png (default) or /var/log/bootchart.svgz depending on the
Comment 21 Paul Pacheco 2005-02-15 12:27:35 UTC
Created attachment 51297 [details, diff]

This patch is a port of hooks.diff for the 1.7.0_pre20050209 snapshot provided
by agriffis.

Ebuild is the same.
Comment 22 Paul Pacheco 2005-02-18 14:50:43 UTC
Created attachment 51549 [details]

process_name can be called by several proceses at the same time when parallel
boot is enabled. This corrupted the file init_pidname.log because bash's >> is
not atomic.

Now I synchronize access to the file.

Thanks to Mehdi Salem Naraghi who found the problem.
Comment 23 Anders Norgaard 2005-02-24 02:30:10 UTC
How about a -java flag? The log files can be rendered at so the java stuff is not strictly needed.

Comment 24 Sebastian Bergmann (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-03-14 03:59:06 UTC
The RDEPENDency on sys-apps/acct needs to be changed to sys-process/acct.

And I would also appreciate the possibility to USE=-java to disable the building of the Java applications.
Comment 25 Paul Pacheco 2005-03-15 08:59:05 UTC
Created attachment 53544 [details]

* Changed RDEPEND sys-apps/acct to sys-process/acct

* Added a java use flag. If emerged with -java it will not compile the java
Comment 26 Robert 2005-03-25 10:49:40 UTC
This is working nicely on my x86 with baselayout-1.9.4-r6.

But I think the ebuild should tell me that I need to add "init=/sbin/bootchartd" to my kernel options.
Comment 27 Paul Pacheco 2005-03-25 11:59:33 UTC
but you don't:

To enable bootchart you just set 
in /etc/conf.d/rc

as the ebuild say at the end.

(provided you applied the hooks which should be merged some time in the future)
Comment 28 Tuan Van (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-04-27 17:19:16 UTC
@ Paul Pacheco,
You might want to fix function stop_boot_profile in I don't have java-config installed. Other than that, nice work. I got my bootchart ;)
Comment 29 pharon 2005-05-05 05:44:26 UTC
not working...

I emerged th ebuild and applied the hooks patch and set RC_USE_BOOTCHART="yes"
in /etc/conf.d/rc ...

after reboot /var/log/bootchart was mounted and had the log files inside and there was no tgz file. I proceeded to tar the files by hand and used the web renderer form , but the resulting chart stopped right after starting the bootchartd process.

I don't where it is failing .. can anyone point me to how to find out the problem?
Comment 30 pharon 2005-05-13 01:19:20 UTC
Paul I have replied to your email, if you didn't get it , I will resend it.
Comment 31 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2005-05-14 14:38:42 UTC
can you rework this to:

install the addon functions as /lib/rcscripts/addons/

redo the patch for baselayout to use the form 'profiling blahblahblah'

that way baselayout just has to define the one function 'profiling' and your code will handle the rest ...
Comment 32 Arpad Borsos 2005-05-20 02:53:19 UTC
i have the same problem as "", my chart stops right after
bootchartd. any ideas?
Comment 33 Paul Pacheco 2005-05-20 06:09:48 UTC
What version of baselayout do you have? 
Comment 34 Arpad Borsos 2005-05-21 05:10:16 UTC
1.11.12-r1, latest ~amd64.
heres my emerge --info as well:

Portage (default-linux/amd64/2005.0/no-multilib,
gcc-3.4.3-20050110, glibc-2.3.5-r0, 2.6.11-gentoo-r9 x86_64)
System uname: 2.6.11-gentoo-r9 x86_64 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
Gentoo Base System version 1.6.12
distcc 2.18.3 x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (protocols 1 and 2) (default port 3632) [disabled]
ccache version 2.4 [enabled]
dev-lang/python:     2.3.5
sys-apps/sandbox:    1.2.8
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.13, 2.59-r6
sys-devel/automake:  1.4_p6, 1.5, 1.6.3, 1.7.9-r1, 1.8.5-r3, 1.9.5
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.18
virtual/os-headers:  2.6.11
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="amd64 ~amd64"
CFLAGS="-O3 -march=athlon64 -mtune=athlon64 -pipe"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/kde/2/share/config /usr/kde/3/share/config
/usr/lib/X11/xkb /usr/share/config /var/qmail/control"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/gconf /etc/terminfo /etc/env.d"
CXXFLAGS="-O3 -march=athlon64 -mtune=athlon64 -pipe"
FEATURES="autoconfig ccache distlocks sandbox strict"
USE="amd64 X acpi alsa apache2 berkdb bitmap-fonts cdr crypt curl dba dvd dvdr
esd fam fbcon flac font-server fortran gd gif gnome gpm gstreamer gtk gtk2 hal
howl imagemagick imlib innodb ipv6 jp2 jpeg lzw lzw-tiff mp3 mysql mysqli
ncurses nls no-htdocs no_wxgtk1 nptl nptlonly ogg oggvorbis opengl oss pam perl
png python qt readline sdl session simplexml ssl symlink tcpd tiff tokenizer
truetype truetype-fonts type1-fonts unicode usb userlocales vorbis xine xml2 xpm
xrandr xv zlib userland_GNU kernel_linux elibc_glibc"
Comment 35 Jan Callewaert 2005-06-30 02:05:56 UTC
it's not working here either. I have baselayout-1.11.12-r4. If I manually make 
the tgz with the files in /var/log/bootchart/ and I use the web form, I still 
get an exception. 
$ emerge --info 
Portage (default-linux/x86/2005.0, gcc-3.4.4, 
glibc-, 2.6.12-gentoo-r2 i686) 
System uname: 2.6.12-gentoo-r2 i686 Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz 
Gentoo Base System version 1.6.12 
ccache version 2.3 [enabled] 
dev-lang/python:     2.3.5 
sys-apps/sandbox:    1.2.9 
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.13, 2.59-r6 
sys-devel/automake:  1.4_p6, 1.5, 1.6.3, 1.7.9-r1, 1.8.5-r3, 1.9.5 
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.16 
CFLAGS="-march=pentium4 -O2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer" 
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/kde/2/share/config /usr/kde/3.4/env /usr/kde/3.4/share/config /usr/kde/3.4/shutdown /usr/kde/3/share/config /usr/lib/X11/xkb /usr/lib/mozilla/defaults/pref /usr/share/config /var/qmail/control" 
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/gconf /etc/splash /etc/terminfo /etc/texmf/web2c /etc/env.d" 
CXXFLAGS="-march=pentium4 -O2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer" 
FEATURES="autoaddcvs autoconfig ccache confcache distlocks fixpackages sandbox 
sfperms strict" 
LINGUAS="nl en no fr de" 
USE="x86 X alsa apache2 apm arts avi bash-completion berkdb bitmap-fonts bzip2 
cddb cdparanoia cdr clamd crypt cups curl directfb dvd dvdr dvdread emboss 
encode fam ffmpeg foomaticdb fortran gcj gd gdbm gif gimpprint gpgme gphoto2 
gpm gstreamer hal icu imagemagick imap imlib innodb ipv6 java jpeg junit kde 
kdeenablefinal kdexdeltas libclamav libg++ libvisual libwww lm_sensors lua mad 
mikmod mmx mono mozilla moznomail moznoxft mp3 mpeg mplayer mysql ncurses 
network nls nntp nptl nvidia ogg oggvorbis openexr opengl oss pam pdflib perl 
php pic png python qt quicktime rar readline samba sdl slang slp smtp spell sql 
sqlite sse sse2 ssl stencil-buffer subject-rewrite subtitles subversion svg 
svga symlink tcpd tetex threads tiff truetype truetype-fonts type1-fonts 
unicode visualization vorbis win32codecs wmf xine xml xml2 xscreensaver xsl xv 
xvid zeroconf zlib linguas_nl linguas_en linguas_no linguas_fr linguas_de 
userland_GNU kernel_linux elibc_glibc" 
Comment 36 Christophe 2005-07-26 14:25:47 UTC
I emerged it (with -java) and patch the hooks.diff file. /var/log/bootchart is
created but stays empty. During boot I saw message "accton: function not
implemented" which I don't think I had before.

I saw the notice about BSD requirements - but it's marked just as for better
results. Is there absolute kernel requirements ?

Portage (default-linux/amd64/2005.0, gcc-3.4.3, glibc-2.3.5-r0,
2.6.11-gentoo-r11 x86_64)
System uname: 2.6.11-gentoo-r11 x86_64 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+
Gentoo Base System version 1.6.13
dev-lang/python:     2.3.5
sys-apps/sandbox:    1.2.11
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.13, 2.59-r6
sys-devel/automake:  1.4_p6, 1.5, 1.6.3, 1.7.9-r1, 1.8.5-r3, 1.9.5
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.18-r1
virtual/os-headers:  2.6.11-r2
CFLAGS="-march=k8 -O2 -pipe"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/kde/2/share/config /usr/kde/3/share/config
/usr/lib/X11/xkb /usr/share/config /var/qmail/control"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/gconf /etc/terminfo /etc/env.d"
CXXFLAGS="-march=k8 -O2 -pipe"
FEATURES="autoconfig distlocks fixpackages sandbox sfperms strict"
USE="amd64 X adns alsa avi berkdb bitmap-fonts bonobo cdr cups curl dbus dvd
dvdr dvdread dvi encode fam fftw flac font-server foomaticdb fortran gd gdbm gif
gimp gimpprint glitz glut gnome gnomedb gpm gstreamer gtk gtk2 gtkhtml hal
imagemagick imlib ipv6 java jpeg kerberos libwww lm_sensors lua lzw lzw-tiff mad
motif mozilla mozsvg mp3 mpeg mysql ncurses network nptl nptlonly nvidia odbc
ogg oggvorbis opengl oss pam pdflib perl plotutils png postgres ppds python
quicktime readline samba sdl sensord slang spell ssl svg tcltk tcpd theora tiff
truetype truetype-fonts type1-fonts usb userlocales v4l v4l2 vorbis xine xml
xml2 xmms xpm xprint xscreensaver xv zlib userland_GNU kernel_linux elibc_glibc"
Comment 37 Paul Pacheco 2005-07-26 14:59:58 UTC
from the ebuild: 
 Change TMPFS_MNT in /etc/bootchartd.conf if / and /var 
 are not on the same device. 
 Tmpfs must be enabled in the kernel. 
so you need / and /var in the same device, that means /var can not be a 
separate partition. and you need tmpfs enabled in the kernel (not module) 
Comment 38 Paul Pacheco 2005-07-26 15:03:47 UTC
/var/log/bootchart will remain empty. It is mounted at boot time as a tmpfs, 
written to, and then unmounted when boot finishes. 
All the logs should be in /var/log/bootchart.tgz, which should be ready to be 
posted here: 
Comment 39 Henrik Brix Andersen 2005-09-06 09:24:15 UTC
Paul, are you working on the changes requested in comment #31?
Comment 40 Paul Pacheco 2005-09-06 09:51:56 UTC
Yes I am, I have just been very busy. ( sorry, my family just won't stop 
eating :) ). 
I have it mostly done, I will soon post a new patch and ebuild. 
Comment 41 Henrik Brix Andersen 2005-09-06 09:54:54 UTC
Cool. If you hurry, it make be able to make it into baselayout-1.12.0.
Comment 42 Paul Pacheco 2005-09-06 18:14:04 UTC
Created attachment 67783 [details, diff]

Hooks against baselayout-1.12.0_pre6.diff
with the stuff from comment #31
Comment 43 Paul Pacheco 2005-09-06 18:15:55 UTC
Created attachment 67784 [details]

This one requires hooks-baselayout-1.12.0_pre6.diff so it is intended to be run

only in baselayout-1.12.0_pre6.diff

Should comply with comment #31
Comment 44 Paul Pacheco 2005-09-06 19:06:26 UTC
Created attachment 67788 [details]

* Fix autorender
* Fix RC_USE_BOOTCHART to correctly check for "yes"
Comment 45 George Montana Harkin 2006-05-09 15:26:50 UTC
Could we get this updated to the latest build? And possibly add to portage?
Comment 46 Gilles Dartiguelongue gentoo-dev 2006-06-04 22:17:42 UTC
hello guys,

no more activities on this ? Is there a show stopper for the ebuild to be included in the tree. What about version 0.9 ? I'll try to come with an ebuild as soon as I  as get it running.
Comment 47 Paul Pacheco 2006-06-05 07:43:16 UTC
It should be trivial to update to 0.9, I just dont have time and patience to bug the developers on IRC to get this merged.
Comment 48 Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-07-19 20:39:56 UTC
Created attachment 92256 [details]

Updated to 0.9. Cleaned up the ebuild a bit. Marked baselayout.diff obsoleted because I will file another bug for bootchart support in baselayout.
Comment 49 Wulf Krueger (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-07-30 09:49:25 UTC
(In reply to comment #37)
> from the ebuild: 
>  Change TMPFS_MNT in /etc/bootchartd.conf if / and /var 
>  are not on the same device. 
>  Tmpfs must be enabled in the kernel. 
> so you need / and /var in the same device, that means /var can not be a 
> separate partition. and you need tmpfs enabled in the kernel (not module) 

1. There's no TMPFS_MNT in /etc/bootchartd.conf so "changing" it is not an option.
2. To what or where should I set it?

Does bootchart work *now* without the obsoleted baselayout patch?
Comment 50 Roy Marples (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-04 06:15:03 UTC
(In reply to comment #49)
> 1. There's no TMPFS_MNT in /etc/bootchartd.conf so "changing" it is not an
> option.
> 2. To what or where should I set it?

Well, it's not critical - you just won't get nice names on the bootchart. I've got a patch for that in the works though. Basically we mount --bind the bootchart log dir to /lib/bootchart and the unmount it when we're done.

Hopefully have this in portage later today, if not then sometime early next week.
Comment 51 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2006-08-05 16:54:49 UTC
bootchart is integrated now
Comment 52 Roy Marples (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-05 17:12:41 UTC
Re-opening sa bootchart itself isn't in the tree until I get the a small issue with the binary for process accounting being available in / resolved.
Comment 53 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2006-08-13 23:34:28 UTC
*** Bug 143811 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 54 Roy Marples (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-15 04:46:46 UTC
bootchart is in portage.

Note that process accounting will fail unless /usr is on the same partition as /
Comment 55 Wulf Krueger (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-15 04:59:57 UTC
(In reply to comment #54)
> Note that process accounting will fail unless /usr is on the same partition as
> /

Is there a fix planned or at least a known workaround?
Comment 56 Ziga Mahkovec 2006-08-15 05:14:14 UTC
(In reply to comment #55)
> Is there a fix planned or at least a known workaround?

Just wanted to clarify that process accounting is an optional feature, the bootchartd logger will be able to get a good enough process tree without it.  Details here:

In any case, the way this is solved in Fedora is by installing the accton executable in /sbin and symlinking it from /usr/sbin/.

Comment 57 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2006-08-20 00:48:30 UTC
users can copy it themselves, but i see no reason to punish everyone by moving acct to / simply because of an optional *development* addon like bootchart
Comment 58 Wulf Krueger (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-26 15:23:29 UTC
(In reply to comment #57)
> users can copy it themselves, but i see no reason to punish everyone by moving
> acct to / simply because of an optional *development* addon like bootchart

Spanky, out of curiosity: What would be the problem with moving it to /sbin? Maybe another einfo line to inform the users about copying accton would be ok?

(Ziga, thanks, it works nicely for me like that.)
Comment 59 Robin Johnson archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2006-08-26 20:35:12 UTC
Looking at other distributions, accton/acctoff does actually need to move to / as it is applicable in some cases for NFS-mounted /usr. It's a very small, 5k on my x86 machine.

However those with a seperate /var partition should be even more careful, as they might be data written to the /var structure on the / partition, instead of the /var partition. To avoid this, early during the boot, they should accton to an accessible location, and then later use the existing acct init script to switch to /var/account/.