Difference between dmesg and /var/adm/messages?


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Difference between dmesg and /var/adm/messages?

Can anyone explain me the difference between difference between dmesg and /var/adm/messages in solaris. I tried to find out the difference but I didn't get much info on that. As per my knowledge both are used to check the logs..
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The obvious difference is dmesg is a command you can execute while /var/adm/messages a log file you can view the content.

The former is displaying the last 200 lines of the latter (and its older versions when necessary).
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dmesg provides "slightly more detailed console info" compared to what you will see in the /var/adm/messages
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You'll have an hard time demonstrating that ... No, dmesg has no magic power and is simply a convenience shell script that prints the date and tails the message files.
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