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I would like to see what is going on at tty1 - the console I was booting from - while I am now on tty7 running X11 with KDE4, without switching back to tty1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1).

I would like to see it inside KDE's Konsole, if possible. I would like to have tty1 redirected into Konsole, including all boot history that was scrolling down while I was booting.

Is that possible?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

fold -bw80 /dev/vcs1

Substitute 80 for your actual width. This doesn't support attributes, the /dev/vcsa* include attributes.

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Check out ttysnoop: http://www.linuxhelp.net/guides/ttysnoop/

I think you will not be able to see everything since boot, only everything after you connected to the snoop session.

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