Learn how to replay the Linux session recorded by script command. Visual Linux session recording along with timing information plays past session recording in real-time.
In our last article we learned how to record Linux sessions using the ‘script’ command. In this article we will walk through steps to replay recorded sessions by script command. Normally, script command saves recording in the plain text log file which can be viewed using cat, more, less, or vi commands. That would be only plain text having commands and their outputs in the order you executed them while recording.
If you want to view your recorded output as it is being played on the terminal you can do it using
scriptreplay command. It will play your output just as you are typing it on the terminal!
scriptreplay needs time logs as well to play recorded sessions. This time logs can be generated using –timing switch with the
script command. Let’s walk through these steps.
How to record Linux session with timing
We will use
script command with
--timing switch followed by filename in which all timing logs will be saved.
[root@kerneltalks ~]# script --timing=time.log capture.txt Script started, file is capture.txt [root@kerneltalks ~]# date Thu Jul 27 02:42:46 EDT 2017 [root@kerneltalks ~]# hostname kerneltalks [root@kerneltalks ~]# echo "I love kerneltalks" I love kerneltalks [root@kerneltalks ~]# exit exit Script done, file is capture.txt
here we are saving timing information in time.log file and session recording in capture.txt file. Both are plain text files and can be viewed. If you look at time.log file :
[root@kerneltalks ~]# cat time.log 0.001666 53 0.009220 1 3.980549 1 0.103633 1 0.191978 1 0.096629 2 0.127128 75 0.000920 1 1.671676 1 0.143421 1 0.080831 1 0.152510 1 ----- output trimmed----
It has two columns of data in it. The first column denotes the number of seconds elapsed after the last display action. The second column is the number of characters printed on the screen.
That’s it. You have recorded your Linux session along with timing logs. This recording (capture.txt) can be replayed using
scriptreplay command since its timing information is available.
How to replay recorded Linux session
Now both logs timing and recording need to feed
scriptreplay command to let the show begin! The format and switch would be the same. Command used to replay session will be :
# scriptreplay --timing=time.log capture.txt
To see it in action, I captured it in the GIF file below. See how to actually replay as if the user is typing in the terminal as it was at the time of recording!
It replays exactly with the same time difference between two commands as you did at the time of recording! It’s like watching what the user has done in his session in real-time. It’s more of a visual record of Linux session while
script was textual records.