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Displaying Kernel Messages in an SSH Session



How can I observe kernel messages in an SSH session the way that I can on the console?


  • Cumulus Linux, all versions


Use the tail command to print kernel messages inline with the session:

cumulus@switch$ sudo -v  
[sudo] password for cumulus:  
cumulus@switch$ sudo tail -f /var/log/kern.log &

sudo -v updates the user's sudo cache, so that tail can be run in the background with &.

To stop printing subsequent kernel messages to the console, use the fg command to bring tail to the foreground, and kill tail with ctrl-C:

cumulus@switch$ fg


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