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Solaris™ Operating Environment Boot Camp by Dominic Butler, David Rhodes

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Kernel Messages

One of the log files we mentioned in the section “Log Files” on page 165 of Chapter 6 (“The Filesystem and Its Contents”) was /var/adm/messages. This file contains messages from the kernel and is therefore one of the most important log files. The messages contained in this file are not neceserily error messages; in fact, you should find that most are simply informational messages. But if your server does suffer a major error, chances are there will be messages from the kernel in this file that can help you (or the Sun Support Team) diagnose the fault. Since Solaris 8 was introduced, every message has a specific ID number associated with it, which makes the job of interpreting the messages much simpler.

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