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Adding messages, mostly warnings and/or errors, to a log file.

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How can I free space from a massive 39.5GB /var/log/ folder?

I just got a message from the default disk analyses software (Baobab) that I only have 1GB left on the hard drive. After some search, I found that the /var/log/ folder is the cause of this. Some ...
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Log of people/ip's who connected to my machine through remote desktop

My network has a static IP. And I could see some un-intended user tried to access my machine through Remote Desktop. Where can I see the log of the same? Using Ubuntu 10.04
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How do I disable messages or logging from printing on the console/virtual terminals?

My wireless driver is noisy. It prints out messages to the console every 10-30 seconds. So, if I'm working on VT1 or something, I get messages scrolling by all the time. Is there a way to shut this ...
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Where can I find the log file of my system temperature?

So, I have the lm-sensors package installed, and I can run sensors and get details of my system temperature, like this: acpitz-virtual-0 Adapter: Virtual device temp1: +45.0°C (crit = ...
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How to log all Bash commands by all users on a server?

Our small company runs an Ubuntu Server 11.10, to which a couple of people have SSH access. The actual terminals are sometimes used, too. How can we locally log all Bash commands run, along with user ...
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shutdown logging in ubuntu 10.04 & 11.10

When my system starts up it logs everything into syslog/dmesg. And I can review it for problems. When my system shuts down, where does that get logged? I didn't see anything obvious in /var/log in ...
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Logging program use

I'm trying to find a way of logging what programs other users have been using on the system. I've checked /var/log but don't seem to find anything to show which programs have been accessed. I'm ...
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Log boot messages on tty1 instead of tty7

I'd like to see my boot messages in a different VT than 7. Can it be changed? Can I get the old behaviour - to get a login prompt AFTER all boot-up is complete in TTY1? Regards, aurocha
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Logging of installation of packages

How can I log the installation of packages in Ubuntu? I want to send a message to log every time after a package is installed, like, "Package Installed" with the name of package & it should do ...
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syslog not showing log levels in messages

Here is sample output of my syslog messages in /var/log/syslog: Nov 15 20:20:48 ubuntu winbindd[915]: [2011/11/15 20:20:48.940063, 0] winbindd/idmap_tdb.c:287(idmap_tdb_open_db) Nov 15 20:20:48 ...
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In 10.04 there is /var/log/messages and /var/log/syslog [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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 ...
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How do I log the name of the process that caused an outgoing internet connection attempt? [closed]

If I enable UFW to block outgoing internet connections and set logging to "low," the log report that appears at /var/log only lists the PID of the application involved, not the application's name. The ...
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Problem logging in with an old home account

I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 and I am trying to use an old user home directory. My network is set up with a NIS server for authentication. I have installed nis package and configure the passwd, ...
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problem during update [closed]

I tryed updating my ubuntu to the new version today, and it suddenly crashed. I then just had to reboot in mid-installation. Now i cannot even log in anymore, it just shows the hour on top of the ...
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Problems with login: unreadable flashing error

I'm having problems with loggin in on Ubuntu 11.04. I did an install on my laptop after I had Windows 7 installed (dual boot with grub). All went well, but when I am about to login on Ubuntu it gives ...
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How to log memory and cpu usage of an application?

Similar to question How to log CPU load?, I would like to log memory of a process. The process I want to log, is killed on a remote server, and I want to find out the CPU load and the memory usage ...
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How can I receive syslog logs from a networked system?

I'd like to configure Ubuntu to receive logs from a DD-WRT router. The router's configuration screen contains the following section: and its logging documentation reads: If you wish to send ...
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How to run a shell script when a new USB storage device is detected?

I want a script that dumps the log and starts logging on it as soon as a usb mass storage is plugged (with the file 'OKdump' on it).And if anything abnormal(Like a error that is visually present) is ...
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How can I find out which user deleted a directory?

My Ubuntu server has about roughly 30 active users on it. I personally know everyone using the server. Recently, a few friends and I were working on project. We made a new directory for the project ...
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How to monitor & log server hardware temperatures & load

I am looking for a way to log & monitor my server hardware temperatures and load (like for CPU or RAM). How might I do that? Objective is to: ensure hardware is not heating up identify what ...
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Kernel Logging stopped

I found the following line at the end of my /var/log/messages.1 Apr 29 13:58:29 MyLaptop kernel: Kernel logging (proc) stopped. /var/log/messages is indeed empty? This happened when I updated to ...
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How do I find the last logged system boot and shutdown times?

I'm a Rails developer working on a web application on Ubuntu Server 10.04. Due to internal requirements, I was asked to find the last 10 system boot and shutdown times... I have no clue where to find ...
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“Invalid OpenID transaction” when signing into Launchpad

When I click on the "Log in / Register" link on the website https://launchpad.net, I always arrive on a blank page only displaying "Invalid OpenID transaction". This happens every time in Firefox, but ...
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Difference between /var/log/messages, /var/log/syslog, and /var/log/kern.log?

For the purposes of kernel logging, why do I have three different, non-inclusive levels of logging amongst /var/log/messages, /var/log/syslog, and /var/log/kern.log?
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How can I find out which programs have modified a file over some period of time?

I'd like to better understand which programs are modifying a specific file1 during a reboot. Can I set something up to log this kind of information? Polling for which processes currently have the ...
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How do I turn on 'shutdown logging' or operating system tracing?

I have a simple question: how do I turn on logging of the shutdown sequence and X-server, which both keep failing; shutdown that doesn't shut it down, XServer that crashes. I would like to create the ...
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AWStats: cannot access /var/log/apache2/access.log

I installed awstats on my new Ubuntu Lucid server, but when cron tries to run it as user www-data, it complains that cannot access /var/log/apache2/access.log: Permission denied. In ...
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What version of syslog does Ubuntu 10.04.1 install default?

I am planning a rsyslog deployment for my department using Ubuntu 10.04.1 - I cannot seem to find which version of syslog Ubuntu installs by default in the documentation, syslog-ng, sysklogd, old ...
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Can I limit the amount of logging to “/var/log”, especially for “bootchart”?

I've just noticed that I have 342 MB of log files in /var/log In particular /var/log/bootchart takes 329 MB of this space! As I'm only running a home desktop environment, I can't see how I need ...
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Where does compiz log error messages?

I'm having some trouble with compiz and dual monitors (see Why won't visual effects work with a dual monitor setup), and I'd like to check the compiz logfiles to see what, if anything, might be ...
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How can I monitor the memory usage?

I have used top to see the memory usage at the moment. But I would like to monitor the memory usage over a period of time. E.g start monitoring and then execute a few commands, and final stop the ...
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How to log boot messages?

I'm trying to check the boot log messages in the file /var/log/boot on Ubuntu 8.10 & 9.10 and I found it empty with the message (Nothing has been logged yet.). The bootlogd service is running at ...