A log is a record of events during a particular time range. Questions about interpreting logs on Ubuntu or controlling logging.

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Is there a log for connected peripherals? [duplicate]

I need a log of all devices I connected to my Ubuntu - even if they aren't connected anymore. So a log of all connected peripherals in Ubuntus lifetime would be perfect. Does that exist?
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Log or View Log of all USB operations

If I want to see the log of all the USB devices that were connected to my machine is this feature already built in, if not is there a way to do so. Furthermore, what if alongside I also want to know ...
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How can I identify the program that has written information to a log file?

I recently got a message that something had failed to sudo on my Ubuntu laptop. At the time, I don't believe I was running anything that would need sudo. The messages that appeared in ...
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Two Unknown Errors at Startup [closed]

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. Every time I boot up, the system seems to start normally except for two error messages. The messages have no other information, just the option to report the error or cancel. ...
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Is there a “Settings history”, or a log of changes in configuration?

P.S. I have just found Is it possible to monitor dconf for changes? It, together with the answer by Volker Siegel, answers my question. A note for Xubuntu users: some settings are not in dconf, but in ...
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How can I log acpi temperatures?

I'm trying to debug why my computer randomly shuts down sometimes, and to rule out temperature issues (since I don't think that's the case) I would like to log the output of acpi -t somewhere so when ...
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New to webservers

My boss asked me to take a look at the web server if I could and see what was causing some issues. It looks like I have tonnes of logs and I am not sure what to make of them. Any help that would be ...
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Where are wireless or internet connection logs? [duplicate]

I want to go into a log file and see what happens when my Wi-fi drops, then take it elsewhere? Where can I find this?
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Using Port 587 for Secure Submission

Testing from swaks, mail is delayed indefinitely. I believe that the local mail server is configured correctly, as per the ehlo responses: thufir@dur:~$ thufir@dur:~$ telnet localhost 25 Trying ...
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Can't log in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I have a problem that started just yesterday after using upgrade version of Ubuntu 14.04 since its release. Namely, all of a sudden, Ubuntu won't accept my password. I changed it with passwd user, ...
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how to keep more than 2 log files?

In search of occasional boot problems, I would like to keep in the log files more than 2 ones that are kept now. For example, in /var/log, I have Xorg.0.log and Xorg.0.log.old that are created by two ...
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How do I tell why it takes so long to boot up/login?

I'm running ubuntu 14.04 on a pretty new laptop, but it takes longer than I think it should (since the laptop is quite new) to start up and log in for the first time after booting. If I log out and ...
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Cron doesn't execute one of the scheduled jobs

I'm using a lubuntu desktop, distribution Ubuntu 13.10, i686. This is my problem: in the job list scheduled by cron a job hasn't effect, but in /var/log/syslog its execution is traced. This is the ...
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Change location of log file for “update-alternatives”

I am currently managing my logging system but while setting all log location a problem occured: I want to change the location of the file /var/log/alternatives.log and I have done some research. This ...
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Config --no-log for an init deamon job

I have a proccess configured under /etc/init and it runs by the init deamon, and want this proccess to stop sending logs to the /var/log/upstart dir. I read this document: ...
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Failure during boot with service failures (slowing down PC)

While Ubuntu is starting and showing it's boot screen an error occurs for several times saying: failed to execute 'lib/udev/socket:4/org/freedesktop/hal/udev_event' ...
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KDE, how to have “tail -f” constantly on a dedicated panel?

Plasma has this nice plasmoid called File Watcher. At work I have 2 monitors. I would like to put this plasmoid on an empty panel on the second monitor. So that tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log ...
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Rotating a log file in my home directory on Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS

I have a log file ircd.log in /home/irc. I want to rotate it daily at 00:00 and keep 7 days. I want the rotated log files to be saved as ircd.log.YYYYMMDD for example ircd.log.20140505. Can someone ...
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Where can I see the text that is displayed during boot?

During boot, there are three stages : Before grub, I have two lines of text flashing telling me that something is not found Then there is the grub menu Then there is the normal boot process On ...
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Tiger: `rtm` is listening on socket XXXX

On my Ubuntu serve 12.04 LTS, Tiger is reporting a lot of stuffs like this: OLD: --WARN-- [lin002i] The process `rtm' is listening on socket 60404 (UDP) on every interface. NEW: --WARN-- [lin002i] ...
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Logwatch: Illegal users & font color

I am using logwatch on my ubuntu 12.04 LTS server. I get the results by e-mail. There are two aspects I would like to customize, but I can't find how: Under SSHD Section, there is: Illegal users ...
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Screen flashing black just after booting

I've just been noticing, after updating to Ubuntu 14.04 that my screen flashes black at the log in screen. only for a quick second - but kinda weird seeing as it hadn't happened before. It only ever ...
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How to create a txt log file of a “make install”?

I trying to install a program and I would like to see a txt file with the details of the operation. I think it is called a log file, am I right ? Once, someone told me to do this command: `make ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 keylog problem

I have Ubuntu 12.10 running and I want to do keylog so I did the following: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install logkeys sudo logkeys –s –o /home/user/Desktop/output.log It creates a log file ...
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Redirect UFW logs to own file?

Is there a way I can easily redirect the entries for UFW to their own log file at /var/log/ufw instead of filling up /var/log/syslog as it's becoming tricky to find solutions to problems with all this ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Call Trace

I am seeing a Call Trace in kern.log - system will shutdown cleanly Apr 14 20:58:00 kernel: [ 4742.743373] WARNING: CPU: 0 PID: 26176 at ...
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Log in problems ubuntu 13.04

I have just installed ubuntu 13.04 as a dual alongside windows 7 using the wubi installation . No as I try to log in I can only log in as guest , has anyone else encounters this problem and if so have ...
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Tens of thousands of failed/denied SSH login attempts [closed]

Recently a few friends and I came up with an idea for an app. To facilitate the creation of it, we set up LAMP on an Ubuntu Server 12.04. This box is running from my home. We've set up 3 user ...
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How to make sudoreplay work?

I recently discovered sudoreplay whose manpage says that it replays sudo session logs. But I am not sure how do I make it work. For whatever little commands I ran it kept on saying that ...
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compression setting for log files in /var/log

For the log files in /var/log, it appears that the wtmp and also the rotated wtmp.n are not ASCII file and can only be read by the last command, so if they are compressed, one has to first uncompress ...
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do,while in bash

I want to get RX and TX from each network adapter, so to get RX and TX from one network adapter, i used this commands : cat /proc/net/dev | grep 'wlan0' |awk '{if ($2) print $2}' | awk -v ...
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log file rotation setting

It is a bit weird that in my /var/log dir, many files such as syslog, auth.log all seem to have older log files (rotated by [0-9], some like dpkg.log even rotates to 12 now), but the important wtmp ...
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how to simplify the info contained in /var/log/auth.log

my /var/log/auth.log contains quite some lines such as "reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 224.51.174.61.dial.wz.zj.dynamic.163data.com.cn [61.174.51.224] failed - POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ...
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Where is the log of pppd in ubuntu 13.10?

I am trying to find the debug infromation of pppd on Ubuntu 13.10. I have tried to read the mannual, but I found that the location of the log is for older version Ubuntu. what I have input sudo pon ...
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Open lastlog file from outside

Currently we took a backup of the lastlog file from Server1 and took it to Server2, however, we cant open it since the lastlog command opens only the lastlog of the server we are currently in, but not ...
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How can you read that messages that are shown during boot before X starts?

I edited in my /etc/default/grub, the following line: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=quiet After that, sudo update-grub, and it now shows me the messages during boot. but how can I read that messages ...
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multiple authentication errors

I have recently installed v12.04, dual booted on XP netbook. It seems to be working ok, but several of the following appear in the authentication log (on Ksystem log). These messages followed a ...
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How do I get information from the logs on my computer when I only have access to the command line?

For various reasons I can no longer access my graphical desktop, and can only login via a tty (Ctrl+Alt+F1 through F6 by default). To help diagnose and solve my problem I need to look through the ...
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is it possible to log Gmail?

I want to know if it is possible to log Gmail using ubuntu in order to find out that who logged in , Honestly my gmail has been hacked and I don't know the password Right now .
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“Unable to open logs” error when I try to restart Apache

When I try to start apache I get the following error root@server11362:~# sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart Restarting web server apache2 (98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to ...
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Setting LOG=1 in /etc/environment

I asked a question earlier about viewing the history of notify-osd using the indicator-notifications app. The answer was that I needed to add LOG=1 in my /etc/environment file. That sounded ...
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How to prevent logs from getting too big?

I have a cronjob that runs some Python scripts and they generate massive log file. How do I prevent them from getting so big? It'd be perfect if the file was deleted once it hit a certain size. ...
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split string with awk and delimiter

i have log file like : 1:: 10:: 127.0.0.1 172.17.1.1 i want awk to split string to columns on :: delimiter. some thing like : awk {print$1} and the result : 1 and awk {print$2} and the ...
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Failed to create thumbnail error fills gnome-session.log.1 to 50 GB!

Yesterday I got a message that my /home partition was full so I moved a 10 gb folder to a external hdd. now I got the message again so I did the Disc Usage Analyzer, and I found a 50 GB file in ...
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usb log history overwritten

I need to know how some files have been saved in my computer 7 months ago. I know that they have been copied from a USB peripheral and i know the exact date and time they were saved, i want to ...
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How to track software usage

Is it possible (preferably via some package) to know how many times have I used software? All software. And maybe for how long? Also when was it last opened. The more provided info the better. It's ...
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How can I know when my screen was locked last time?

Exist a log where I can look for that information? I want to know last days when my PC automatically locked the screen because was idle.
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Where is log file from rc.local?

I have some commands to in my rc.local. I know that they are failing. How can I get log file with messages produced by executing rc.local? Where is it located? I have checked the /var/log/boot.log. I ...
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What does this (root) CMD line in system.log mean? Why is it there?

What does it mean? (root) CMD ( [ -x /usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime ] && [ -d /var/lib/php5 ] && find /var/lib/php5/ -depth -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type f -cmin ...
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Tool like GeekTool [ see logs on your desktop ]

Anyone know of a good alternative to geektool in macos x? I recently switched to ubuntu and it's not compatible with ubuntu. Geektool lets you display various information on your desktop, like log ...