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dmesg displays the system message buffer. It's output is just like /var/run/dmesg.boot, although dmesg displays things that occur after boot as well. It can be helpful in tracking down problems that might not otherwise be noticed.

For example:

> dmesg
ad0: 194481MB <Maxtor 6B200R0/BAH41BM0> [395136/16/63] at ata0-master UDMA133
ad1: 194481MB <Maxtor 6B200P0/BAH41BM0> [395136/16/63] at ata0-slave UDMA133
acd0: DVDR <SONY DVD RW DRU-500A/2.1a> at ata1-slave PIO4
ad1: WARNING - WRITE_DMA UDMA ICRC error (retrying request) LBA=3205439


> dmesg
Mounting root from ufs:/dev/ad0s1a
pid 6152 (audacity), uid 1001: exited on signal 11 (core dumped)
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