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Difference between /var/log/messages, /var/log/syslog, and /var/log/kern.log?

Both these files are present in ubuntu 10.04 yet they seem to contain different information. What's the difference between these two files?

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marked as duplicate by Ringtail, hbdgaf, bodhi.zazen, fossfreedom Apr 3 '12 at 22:02

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Differences of versions between 10.04 and 10.10

The /var/log/messages only exists until 10.10. This file contains more generic messages, while The /var/log/syslog is generated by the system logging daemon (syslogd).

I guess others also raised the question and so the /var/log/messages got removed.

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It seems this has already been answered here.

/etc/syslog.conf defines the difference between the files. You can look at that file to see what logs where, and to change what logs where.

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