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Old 06-06-2009, 08:35 AM   #1
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Where are the Debian error/crash/dump files?

I am new to Linux. I have Debian 4 installed. When I shut down, I see a number of messages that appear to be normal progress messages. But at the end, I see something that looks like a stack trace, and then some error messages, and then it halts.

Where are the error/crash/dump files stored, so that I can try to diagnose the problem that I am having? I looked in the online help, but I must not be searching for the right keywords.
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Try /var/log/dmesg or /var/log/syslog
Old 06-06-2009, 09:21 AM   #3
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Need error/crash/dump files that are written during shutdown

Thanks for your quick reply. However, I need to see what happened the last time it shut down.

It appears that dmesg is for startup messages. There is nothing about the shutdown sequence in mine. I also looked at syslog, and it only has a handful of lines in it, none of which are significant.

Are there any other error/crash/dump files that will log problems that occurred during the shutdown sequence? Is there any way I can increase the verbosity of the messages that are written?


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