Warren Block wrote:

Lastly, it says save all boot messages.  Do they mean the output of
dmesg?  Why is this useful?

It would show what hardware was in the old machine and what services are running on startup. Backup in general is making copies of information you won't need as long as you have a backup of it.

The system already creates a copy of the first part of the system boot output for you: /var/run/dmesg.boot -- this shows you what hardware the
kernel discovered as it probed all of the buses and so forth.  It doesn't
contain the rest of the output from all of the /etc/rc.d/* and
/usr/local/etc/rc.d/* startup scripts.

The simple way to capture all that is to enable console.log in /etc/syslog.conf
-- you want to uncomment this line:

console.info                                    /var/log/console.log

and make sure that /var/log/console.log exists, then restart syslog.  This
will log all console output, including the boot-up output.



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