Is it possible to scroll back in the terminal available in Arch Linux?

I'm running a script and would like to read what appeared before. I know I can use | more, but in my specific case I can't use it because the screen is filled with ASCII menus that overwrite all characters on screen.

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If Shift + PgUp/PgDn don't work there's nothing you can do. Scrollback has been recently removed from the Linux kernel due to security issues.

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    That's why it's not working then. I will try to use script command then. Commented Nov 23, 2020 at 21:57
  • security issues are good but how can i see output that out of screen? %$#%$^#%$#%
    – Igor
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 21:08
  • @Igor tmux/screen but they are both crappy "semi-solutions" to a systemic issue. How are you supposed to use them for e.g. boot? or installing a system? Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 13:23
  • Many thanks for the link! However, they don't say anything about security there, only that code rots and is unmaintained. It's a very sad decision for me. Commented May 30, 2022 at 18:30

If tmux is an option you can always read its buffer.

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