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Re: [PATCH 3/4] Optionally print less messages at boot

From: Hans de Goede
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/4] Optionally print less messages at boot
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 19:53:23 +0200
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On 05-04-18 14:12, Daniel Kiper wrote:
On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 04:50:27PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
The patch optionally makes grub not show any text (be fully quiet) when
timeout_style=hidden is set and the user does not interrupt the boot.

Combined with a later patch in this series which makes grub not touch
the EFI console unless it actually has some text to print, this will keep
the vendor logo which EFI put on the display in place until the kernel
touches the display. Leading to a more smooth / seamless boot experience.

At least Fedora/RHEL/CentOS and Ubuntu have been carrying patches for this
for a long time now (since 2013). There have been several attempts to
upstream these patches in the past already, which have been rejected
because not everyone likes the quiet behavior.

May I ask you to provide links to the relevant conversations?

Sure you may ask, but I cannot really help with that because I was not
involved in grub development back then.

I've done a quick search of the mailinglist archives, but
I'm afraid I could not find anything that way.

This patch makes the quiet behavior optional and defaults to off, so
unless grub is compiled with the new --enable-quiet-boot configure option
this patch changes nothing.

I am not sure why this should be build time option. I would see this as
a runtime option, e.g. boot_quiet shell variable or even timeout_style=quiet.
Hmmm... Latter is probably preferred.

The problem is that grub already prints various things before reading
its environment or config file.

What I've understood from the history of this patches, removing those
earlier prints (see e.g. the grub-core/boot/i386/pc/boot.S change in
this patch) was objected against because that provides info that at
least the first stage (for a classic PC BIOS boot setup) has successfully

The menu code itself is already quiet when using timeout_style=hidden,
the problem is the messages printed before (and after) the menu code.

If you're happy with killing the messages shown before the config file
is loaded (as most distros already do), then the rest could be made runtime



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