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Bootchart - a 'startup' graphing tool -- Bootchart is a tool, usually run at system startup, that collects and graphs the CPU and disk load of the system as it works. The output of bootchart is an SVG graph. Normally, bootchart is invoked as `bootchartd` by the kernel by passing "init=/sbin/bootchartd" to the kernel. Bootchart will then fork init off to resume normal system startup, while monitoring and logging startup information in the background. After collecting a certain amount of data (usually 15-30 seconds) the logging stops and a graph is generated from the logged information. This graph contains vital clues to which resources are being used, in which order, and where possible problems exist in the startup sequence of the system. Of course, bootchart can also be used at any moment in time to collect and graph some data for an amount of time. Bootchart does not even require root privileges to do so, and will happily run as a normal user. Bootchart graphs are by default written time-stamped in /var/log. -- This version of bootchart was implemented from scratch and inspired by former incantations of bootchart: - The original bash/shell code implemented bootchart. This version logged all data into a compressed tarball for later processing, and did not create a graph on it's own. - The C-code implementation found in Ubuntu. This version replaced above shell code version with a faster and efficient data logger, but still did not graph code itself. - the original Java-based bootchart, the original graphing program that created a bootchart graph from logged data. - the pybootchartgui.py program, which created a graph based on the data logged by either standalone data logger. The version you are looking at combines these 2 parts into a single program, which makes running it and creating graphs a bit more efficient and simple. You can now run a single program at startup instead of 2. There are no timing problems (the graphing stage will never run if the logging stage didn't finish). The logged data isn't being written to disc first, then read again. Also, the data kept in memory is reduced to the absolute minimum needed to keep memory use low. -- Requirements: glibc. Your kernel must have procfs support and several proc output options enabled: CONFIG_PROC_FS CONFIG_SCHEDSTATS CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG at a minimum. bootchartd itself does not require any graphics library to generate the SVG output file. -- Configuration: please see bootchartd --help, as well as /etc/bootchartd.conf and/or /usr/share/doc/bootchart/bootchartd.conf.example for a list of configurable options. -- Many thanks to those who contributed ideas and code: - Ziga Mahkovec - Original bootchart author - Anders Norgaard - PyBootchartgui - Michael Meeks - bootchart2 - Scott James Remnant - Ubuntu C-based logger -- For bugs, please contact the author or current maintainer: Auke Kok <firstname.lastname@example.org>