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Examining the Keyboard Buffer of an Abended Server

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Paul Thompson
Novell, Inc.

01 Jan 2001

There is a way to determine what the last few commands that were entered at the console of a NetWare 5 server before the server abended. To do this, type the following command in the internal debugger (to enter the debugger, type Alt+Shift+Shift+Esc at the server console prompt):

# dd systemConsoleScreenStructure+160

The output will look something like this:

FC5E11E8   616F6C00 77672064-2F206169 53552D4C  .load gwia /L-US
FC5E11F8   77674020 632E6169-6E006766 6E6F6377   @gwia.cfg.nwcon
FC5E1208   00676966 00736C63-706F6376 6C630079
FC5E1218   00000073 00000000-00000000 00000000  s...............
FC5E1228   00000000 00000000-00000000 00000000  ................

The commands entered at the server will be readable on the right-hand side of the line. In the debugger on a NetWare 4 server, use the following command:

# dd scsCommandBuffer

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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