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Old 05-15-2008, 11:40 AM   #1
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seeing all messages that scroll up during start up


I am using BOSS Linux( its a Debian based distribution kernel 2.6.21-1-486).

I am trying to study and fix some problems with by boot sequence(i think thats what its called). I have tried dmesg an /var/logs/messages, however these don't have the exact text that scrolls up during startup.

Is there any way i could get to see the exact text that scrolls up during boot up?

Old 05-15-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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While I'm not familiar with your distribution I've seen others that would allow you to scroll back through the buffer as long as you boot to text and dont have any graphical boot. I just press Shift+PageUp to scroll back. does not give all of the output but may let you see what you'd like. Otherwise, you may want to consider configuring a serial console and have the output go there. Then you can use whatever system you connect to the serial port to capture the output for you to go back through and review the entire boot process.

Hope this helps.
Old 05-15-2008, 02:04 PM   #3
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thanks, it helped yes iam trying to figure out why some of the stuff that fails during boot fails. do let me know if there is a better way to get a list of daemons(?) that fail to startup at boot time.

thanks again
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You could look at 'bootlogd';

excerpt from 'man bootlogd';

BOOTLOGD(8) Linux System Administrator's Manual BOOTLOGD(8)

bootlogd - record boot messages

/sbin/bootlogd [-d] [-r] [-v] [ -l logfile ] [ -p pidfile ]

Bootlogd runs in the background and copies all strings sent to the
/dev/console device to a logfile. If the logfile is not accessible, the
messages will be buffered in-memory until it is.



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