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Display verbose-mode startup messages UNIX
Ever wish the startup messages went by just a bit slower so you could read them? Especially in verbose mode? Then dmesg is for you. dmesg displays the contents of the system message buffer, including the startup messages seen in verbose mode. Just open the Terminal, type dmesg | more and see what went flying by on the screen during your verbose-mode boot. Try man dmesg for a bit more information on how it works.
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Authored by: bhines on Apr 27, '02 01:27:44AM

Somehow, i find launching and viewing system.log to be quite a bit easier.

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Authored by: sjk on Apr 27, '02 07:06:49PM
... which runs tail -f /var/tmp/console.log, as running ps auwwx from a Terminal shell will reveal.

Anyone know how to enable crash logging without using Console?

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Authored by: mervTormel on Apr 27, '02 08:07:38PM

/var/log/system.log is not the same as the output of dmesg.

dmesg displays the contents of the system message buffer, which is an area in memory maintained in the kernel.

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