Section: User Commands (1)
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dmesg - print or control the kernel ring buffer
is used to examine or control the kernel ring buffer.
The program helps users to print out their bootup messages. Instead of
copying the messages by hand, the user need only:
and mail the
file to whoever can debug their problem.
dmesg > boot.messages
Clear the ring buffer contents after printing.
Print the raw message buffer, i.e., don't strip the log level prefixes.
- -s bufsize
Use a buffer of size
to query the kernel ring buffer. This is 16392 by default.
(The default kernel syslog buffer size was 4096
at first, 8192 since 1.3.54, 16384 since 2.1.113.)
If you have set the kernel buffer to be larger than the default
then this option can be used to view the entire buffer.
- -n level
at which logging of messages is done to the console. For example,
prevents all messages, except panic messages, from appearing on the
console. All levels of messages are still written to
can still be used to control exactly where kernel messages appear. When
option is used,
print or clear the kernel ring buffer.
When both options are used, only the last option on the command line will
have an effect.
The dmesg command is part of the util-linux-ng package and is available from
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