howto redirect messages at startup into a file instead of stdout?

Stephen R Laniel steve at
Wed Jun 29 23:00:19 UTC 2005

On Thu, Jun 30, 2005 at 12:36:32AM +0200, Rainer Gutkas wrote:
> So my question is how do I redirect these startup messages to a file?
> What is the script that's first run in Ubuntu,....

If you want to know the order that everything loads in, see

in your browser. You have to have the 'debian-policy'
package installed:

sudo apt-get install debian-policy

It's a bad idea to redirect those messages into a file.
You'll miss valuable information if you do. You might think
your system will never have occasion to spit out a nasty
message when you boot up, but it will. You'd like to see it
when it happens. I promise.

I'm not even sure whether it's *possible* to turn off those
messages. Well, maybe 'possible,' but it may involve
redirecting lots of messages to /dev/null.

Stephen R. Laniel
steve at
+(617) 308-5571
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