Removal of Bootchart from Debian

Jörg Sommer joerg at
Sun Aug 8 12:57:32 UTC 2010

Hi Petter,

I would like to request the removal of Bootchart from Debian. The
developer Ziga Mahkovec hasn't done anything since 2007-10-07, according
to the svn log, and I think the way how Bootchart collects his data is
better done with performance counters and kernel probes. I don't like to
invest anymore work in Bootchart, because there's a better approach
wsboottap [1]. The same holds for a C implementation of Bootchart,
because it doesn't change the way how data collection is done. I think
better analysis could be done with Systemtap.

To summarize:
• upstream is dead,
• there's a better replacement
• and I'm not very enthusiastic to maintain bootchart anymore.

I really suggest to use Systemtap or directly kprobe and performance
counter to do the analysis.

BTW: The usage of the BSD process accounting interface might also be
  outdated and the taskstats (CONFIG_TASKSTATS) interface might be more


What's your opinion? Do you think it's worth to keep Bootchart alive?

Bye, Jörg.
Je planmäßiger ein Mensch vorgeht,
desto stärker mag ihn der Zufall treffen.
		    Erich Krunau ‚Die Physiker‘
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