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How to use dmesg Linux command

The dmesg is used to examine or control the kernel ring buffer. A buffer is a portion of a computer's memory that is set aside as a temporary holding place for data that is being sent to or received from an external device, such as a hard disk drive, printer, or keyboard. The ring buffer is a buffer of fixed size for which any new data added to it overwrites the oldest data in it.


Display all of the messages in the ring buffer

$ dmesg

Display device info as the human-readable output

$ dmesg -H