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I'm trying to log the shutdown messages in my linux, I see "Asking all remaining processes to terminate..." and then there is a big delay, and then there is some other chatter and log messages which whizz past too quickly to read before the machine shutdown.

Here's what I've tried:

sudo find /var/log -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sudo zgrep "all remaining process"

But the message I see isn't anywhere there. Is that stuff logged anywhere? If not, is there a way to log it?

I'm on Ubuntu 13.10.

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Back in the 1990s, we still had an archaic (even then) hard-copy style terminal hooked up as our console device, which did address this problem nicely. But it's not likely an answer you can use. I suppose with the changes in what is NOW "available and cheap" you could probably point a videocamera (perhaps in high-speed/slow-motion mode) at the console screen... – Ecnerwal Nov 9 '13 at 1:13
I want a solution where I can copy-paste the plaintext, rather than extract it from an image. – wim Nov 9 '13 at 16:33

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