1. NAME

screendump - dump the contents of a virtual console to stdout

2. SYNOPSIS

screendump [ N ]

3. DESCRIPTION

The

screendump command dumps the contents of virtual console

N , (or the current console if N is omitted) to standard out. Just saying cat /dev/vcsN has a similar effect.

4. NOTES

For security reasons,

screendump uses linux devices "virtual console screen" and "virtual console screen with attributes" to give access for screendump.

Ensure these files exist, using

cd /dev for i in 0 1 2 3 ...; do
mknod vcs$i c 7 $i
mknod vcsa$i c 7 `expr 128 + $i`
done (filling in the ellipses) and give the device files appropriate permissions, or run

screendump as root.

5. SEE ALSO

setterm(1)