Making Sense of startup
"It is possible to view the initial, random messages using the dmesg command. A quick read of the dmesg manpage states that dmesg is a utility that can "print or control the kernel ring buffer". Among other things, the kernel ring buffer is the place where boot messages are logged. The following command line displays the ring buffer's current contents; notice the piping to less, which displays the messages one screen at a time:"
(Submitted by Noel Wed Nov 10, 2004 )
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