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5. Networking Hacks > 42. See Console Messages Over a Remote Login

See Console Messages Over a Remote Login

View a server’s console messages remotely

As a Unix system administrator, you can do 99% of your work remotely. In fact, it is very rare indeed that you’ll need to sit down in front of a server (assuming the server even has an attached keyboard! [Hack #26] ).

However, one of the key functionalities you lose in remote administration is the ability to see the remote server’s console. All is not lost, though. First, let’s answer these questions: “What do you mean by the console, and why would you want to see it?”

The Console

If you’re physically sitting at a system, the console is the virtual terminal you see when you press Alt-F1. If you’ve ever logged into this particular virtual terminal, you’ve probably noticed that error messages appear here. These messages can be rather disconcerting when you’re working at the console, especially if you’re fighting your way through vi and bright white error messages occasionally overwrite your text.


  

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