dd-wrt logging for devs meaningless?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 7:34    Post subject: dd-wrt logging for devs meaningless? Reply with quote
This has been on my mind for a while.

In the past, I used to test dd-wrt firmware like this. And I only did for probably a short time.

I would fire up putty with logging enabled(I used windows), hook up the router to serial, and turn the router on. And as I was setting up the router while it was hooked up to the router, putty would be logging EVERYTHING into a text file.

Like I would be setting up the router as if it was going to be my main router but only as a test.

If I came across what I thought was an issue at least, I would report it along with posting a serial log. But I stopped doing that because I believe at the time someone told me it was meaningless of me to do it that way.

Years later to now, there was another user I was talking to in another social part of dd-wrt where he was being stubborn about wanting to find out what the error with his wifi issue was in the logs. Even when I insisted he should update his firwmare build on his router, he still wanted to look in the logs and also told me that I was one who "throws poo at something until it works".

So I told him that I am not going to help him any further and didnt care about him talking about how I am trying to "save face".

Is there ANYTHING useful in dd-wrt logging that would help developers? I am referring to copying logs from the webgui or serial and sending it to developers.

If so, how often is it useful?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:49    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm not gonna even ask about this chap's name...



In general when DDWRT is loading, there are lots of "false positives"...and this is the way how it works..don't get me wrong firmware is ok...unless more testers complain on something new, than its worth serial log investigation..

In my believe, providing a serial output could be valuable when issues occur and there is a demand for it...otherwise looking at it and not understanding it correctly, it may look with lots of "false positives"...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 13:13    Post subject: Reply with quote
Serial logs and setting console_debug=1 in nvram do provide useful information.
BrainSlayer wrote:
do
nvram set console_debug=1
nvram commit
so i see where it happend.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 15:23    Post subject: Reply with quote
@Alozaros

Thats what I was thinking! Good to know I am not crazy then.

@Kernel-Panic69

So the Serial logs I Was providing in the past WERE useful then. Also good to know about the nvram commands you just mentioned. Appreciate you sharing that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
Of course, you'd have to reboot after the nvram commit for it to work. I was waiting to be corrected by "i_am_a_top_bloke", lol.
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