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Old 10-30-2003, 01:03 PM   #1
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How to copy/paste text from boot, nongui

I am having trouble using xwindows with my login. I can get to a console prompt w/o loging into my gui but how can I get the rolling text it displays with the errors into a text file so I can post it here? Also is there a place the boot text is saved (all the stuff about the drives, services..etc) as linux is booting? I would like to be able to review that as well.

If I am in a nongui mode what is the best way to copy this kind of text?

Old 10-30-2003, 01:34 PM   #2
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Most of that text gets logged to /var/log/dmesg and/or /var/log/messages. You should be able to copy text from those.
Old 10-31-2003, 06:40 AM   #3
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Re: How to copy/paste text from boot, nongui

Originally posted by Eradicator
If I am in a nongui mode what is the best way to copy this kind of text?
make sure gpm is started. it allows you to copy-paste in the console with your mouse. Just select the text, and use the middle mouse to paste it, just like you can do in X-windows.

for example, for my wheelmouse, this command is used by the slackware boot scripts:

/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2 -r 20
imps2 = ps2 wheel mouse
ps2 = normal mouse.

don't use different protocols (ps2 and imps2) in Xwindows and GPM, because wheelmice seam to send completely different signals over the wire; this causes your mouse to jump across the screen.


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