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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

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.


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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

If it's not installed by default:

apt-get install bootlogd

Then make sure /etc/default/bootlogd has BOOTLOGD_ENABLE=Yes.

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Please do not kick old unsupported releases with an answer that is already provided. Besides that: is IS installed by default, it is not enabled by default. – Rinzwind May 5 '15 at 12:14
It was not installed by default on Ubuntu server 15.04 on 14.10 desktop. That's the reason I kicked this conversation. I meant to say "if it's not installed by default" - just saw my typo and edited my answer. – VincentSC May 5 '15 at 12:19
This is about 10.04.4 and 11.10. Back then things where different. – Rinzwind May 5 '15 at 12:21
@Rinzwind Not inistalled by default in 15.04. – A.B. May 5 '15 at 12:22
This is a question specific to an old release of Ubuntu, so please edit your answer and improve it, and leave me a note @Fabby so I'll come and remove the negative reputation points you've now accrued. Alternatively, [delete] the answer entirely and the negative points will reverse as well. (I do the same with answers that give me negative rep.) – Fabby May 5 '15 at 12:28

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