Quite interested in the size of the kernel ring buffer, how much information it can hold, and what data types?

  • On some embedded boxes it might differ. In my system, it's kept under /VERSION.gz and can be queried as zgrep LOG_BUF_SHIFT /VERION.gz – tsenapathy Jan 25 '18 at 18:35

Regarding the size, it's recorded in your kernel's config file. For example, on Amazon EC2 here, it's 256 KiB.

# grep CONFIG_LOG_BUF_SHIFT /boot/config-`uname -r`
# perl -e 'printf "%d KiB\n",(1<<18)/1024'
256 KiB

Referenced in /kernel/printk/printk.c


More information in /kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c

Note that if you've passed a kernel boot param "log_buf_len=N" (check using cat /proc/cmdline) then that overrides the value in the config file.

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