Running latest Raspbian Stretch, and would like to see the typical powerup boot log console messages as shown in most other Linux distributions. However, it seem that these have been disabled and replaced by the 4 strawberries and a flash screen. I still want to automatically enter GUI after.

How can I get these console messages while powering up?

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Thanks to this answer.

Just edit the /boot/cmdline.txt file, and remove the quiet directive.

# cat /boot/cmdline.txt
#dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=serial0,115200 console=tty1 root=PARTUUID=xxxxxxxx-yy rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait quiet splash plymouth.ignore-serial-consoles

cp /boot/cmdline.txt ~/boot_cmdline_bak.txt
sudo nano /boot/cmdline.txt

Reboot and enjoy the reading!

  • You can also edit cmdline.txt using a Windows PC: Plug in the microSD card. Windows will mount a drive called "boot". There you can find the file cmdline.txt. Edit it using an editor as simple as, e.g., notepad.
    – Daniel K.
    Commented Dec 9, 2021 at 14:11

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