view the system console remotely

sudo cat /dev/vcs1 | fold -w 80
This will view the console and assumes the screen is 80 characters wide. Use /dev/vcs2 for the next virtual console.. etc.
Sample Output
Starting up ...                                                                 
Loading, please wait...                                                         
19+0 records in                                                                 
19+0 records out                                                                
kinit: name_to_dev_t(/dev/disk/by-uuid/8cee77b4-132d-4856-a479-35560ca6ae78) = d
kinit: trying to resume from /dev/disk/by-uuid/8cee77b4-132d-4856-a479-35560ca6a
kinit: No resume image, doing normal boot...                                    
Ubuntu jaunty (development branch) gir tty1                             
gir login:

By: animoid
2009-04-15 08:49:48

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What Others Think

Nice, very nice
point_to_null · 478 weeks and 6 days ago
Yup, that is pretty tight. Can be done without cat though. sudo fold -w 80 /dev/vcs1
TheMightyBuzzard · 478 weeks and 6 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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