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Why does Ubuntu 10.04.4 and 11.10 create the file /var/log/boot and does not fill it except with the text: "(Nothing has been logged yet.)"?

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Thank you very much for your comprehensive and convincing answer. –  user43816 May 22 '12 at 6:07
If an answer solves your question, please mark it as accepted. –  Lekensteyn Jun 11 '12 at 17:53

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The reason it is empty is that bootlogd is disabled by default.

If you wish to see boot messages in the log you need to enable it.

Do Alt+F2 to open Run Dialogue

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Then Change




Save and exit gedit.

This is what it looks like here - decide if the information is important to you and enable if you wish.

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You need to enable boot logging by opening a terminal and typing the following:

$ sudo gedit /etc/default/bootlogd

The text editor will open, and the following will be show:



Now, everytime you restart, /var/log/boot will be created, and it will contain a log of all your boot messages. You need to be root to open it, so you can easily open it up again with sudo.

source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=49925

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Could you expand your answer to include some of the tips found in that forum post? That would make this answer more useful. –  James Henstridge Apr 17 '12 at 1:56

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