Monitoring kernel messages?

John Gay johngay at
Sat Jun 3 06:01:16 PDT 2006

On Saturday 03 June 2006 11:39, Allard Welter wrote:
> On Saturday 03 June 2006 06:20, John Gay wrote:
> > Back in ancient times, when I was running Debian, they used to have a
> > minimal term that kept a running tab on kernel messages on the
> > desktop.
> >
> > Does anyone know how I could emulate that now? It was nice seeing
> > things pop-up in it, especially when something didn't do what it was
> > told.
> Risking sounding daft here, but wouldn't 'tail -f /var/log/whatever.log'
> achieve what you require?
I suppose, assuming I knew which log I wanted. Probably kern.log. Maybe a 
simple script in my .xinit file would suit? I just want something nice and 
small at the bottom of the screen I could look at for things like hot-plug 
events, and file writing errors. The thing that reminded me of it; I'm having 
problems accessing an SD-Card. dmesg shows writing errors causing mount to 
re-mount it read-only. This would allow me to see this happen rather than 
wondering what's gone wrong and running dmesg to find out.


	John Gay

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