Syslog is a protocol designed to relay system event messages. Questions related to syslog involve event notification and logging capabilities.

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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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“CRITICAL: We failed, but the fail whale is dead. Sorry…”

When I started up my machine today I got some quite bizarre messages in my syslog: ... Aug 17 18:58:15 Floral-Towel systemd[1349]: Startup finished in 266ms. Aug 17 18:58:15 Floral-Towel ...
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Where is syslog.conf?

I tried to move my stuff from CentOS to Ubuntu. Here is a problem I met: I would like find the corresponding CentOS /etc/syslog.conf file in Ubuntu? Basically, the file is used to control where those ...
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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 enable boot messages to be printed on screen during boot up? [duplicate]

How to enable boot messages, kernel messages and other logs of various services to be printed on screen during boot up?
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difference between rsyslogd and syslogd

I was trying to implement some changes to syslogd on Ubuntu 10.04.02 LTS (Server edition). I found /etc/syslog.conf is not present on system, instead I have /etc/rsyslogd.d/*.conf. syslogd can be ...
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Cron Job Not Running?

I have a crontab file that looks like this: * * * * * /home/abliskovs/update/update.sh However when I check the syslog for evidence that the job has run, there is nothing that might indicate that it ...
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What Graphical Logfile Analyzers are available?

does anybody know a good graphical logfile analyzer for (mainly) syslog messages from ubuntu? maybe one that converts the text-based messages in objects to sort/group/filter messages like windows' ...
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Where are Upstart log messages on Ubuntu 13.X?

On Ubuntu 12.04, I can find Upstart log messages in /var/log/syslog. Commands: # initctl log-priority info # initctl emit hello Log: Apr 1 01:56:56 precise64 kernel: [ 8365.820425] init: ...
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syslog doesn't exist!

I use 14.04 and I don't have syslog. I'm a fresh user of Linux, being Windows user for years. When I try tail syslog and that's what out: henrique@henrique:/var/log$ tail -f /var/log/syslog tail: ...
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How do I configure Dropbox to log to syslog?

Dropbox is currently running well on Ubuntu server 10.04. How can I setup dropbox to log any sync in syslog or even separate log file?
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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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How do I configure rsyslog to send logs from a specific program to a remote syslog server?

I have a program which outputs to syslog with a given tag/program name. I'd like to be able to filter syslog traffic from that program and send it to a remote syslog server, leaving all other syslog ...
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How do I limit the size of my syslog?

I've got my mom's computer running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It's been working just fine but all of the sudden syslog has been filling up. And by filling up I mean I just deleted a /var/log/syslog that was ...
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How to correctly create a virtual file system?

A task in my homework assignment asks me to create a virtual file system, mount it, and perform some operations on it. I am supposed to create a file of 10 MB whose bits are all set to 0, format it ...
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Is there a way to suppress one specific message from syslog?

I'm getting a lot of Dec 27 08:35:49 htpc kernel: [ 1552.153797] pciehp 0000:00:1c.5:pcie04: Card not present on Slot(0-2) Dec 27 08:35:49 htpc kernel: [ 1552.157744] pciehp 0000:00:1c.5:pcie04: ...
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Why doesn't chkrootkit test syslogd?

When I scan my machine with chkrootkit I notice that it always says for one of them: Checking `syslogd'... not tested Why is this not tested for? Should this ...
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How to make whoopsie more silent (log clutter with “online”messages)

I know what whoopsie is from the answers to What is the 'whoopsie' process and how can I remove it? I do not want to stop error reporting, as I think that error reporting is the minimum a ...
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Why is there “seccomp” events related to Google Chrome in syslog?

Was in my syslog today and noticed that the Google Chrome web browser is create TONS of events that look like this: Dec 7 13:11:02 mycomp-sys76 kernel: [ 8371.604406] type=1701 ...
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How to disable the log files?

To be specific I want to stop the kern.log and syslog files. I just installed Xunbuntu about 2 days ago and have no experience with this OS. I know they are supposedly important, but I have a ...
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How to delete private data from log files?

I have heard that log files contains private data. How can I remove it and what files should I remove from them? Those are very long files so maybe if I know what to remove I can use a script or ...
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What could be the cause for these strange UFW block entries in my syslog?

I've recently noticed a large number of recurring UFW blocks in my syslog. This surprised me as I have no UFW rules set: $ sudo ufw status verbose Status: active Logging: on (low) Default: deny ...
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How to quiet Ubuntu 15.04 noisy syslog

On Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) /var/log/syslog is extremely noisy. There are messages every few seconds, from systemd, thermald, gnome-session. Most messages appear to be non-essential, simply status ...
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rsyslogd stopped writing to /var/log/syslog two days ago

It seems rsyslogd stopped writing to /var/log/syslog on my laptop two days ago, and I do't know why. This is visible in the following: clh@avignon:/var/log$ ls -lt | head -30 total 12600 drwxr-xr-x ...
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/var/log/syslog empty

Apparently my logs stopped working around Apr 10, as the current /var/log/syslog is empty, and /var/log/syslog.1 has the following for its last entries: Apr 10 20:25:01 li243-206 CRON[2883]: (root) ...
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Warnings in Syslog

Syslog displays these warnings and I would like to know how can I know what they mean in order to search what can I do about them. $ cat /var/log/syslog| grep -i 'warn' Nov 27 13:48:19 pc ...
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Investigating a system “freeze”

Am on Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS Linux skiran 2.6.32-32-generic-pae #62-Ubuntu SMP Wed Apr 20 22:10:33 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux My machine froze for the 5th time in 2 days. Had to reboot, and login to a ...
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How can I speed up boot on one of my machines?

I have a Gateway all in one machine (2 gig Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 dual core processor, 2 gig RAM - full specs) on which I installed 10.10. Once it has booted it's fine, but it takes forever to boot. ...
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rsyslog filter by tag

I would like to create a rsyslogd config file that filter the syslog for specific tag and outputs this tag to a specific file. I create a rule file under /etc/rsyslog.d # Log kernel generated UFW ...
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Which script rotates /var/log/auth.log?

I cannot figure out where /var/log/auth.log is rotated. I found the file /var/log/auth.log.2013-09-16 on my system, which contains log entries previously found in /var/log/auth.log. Where does that ...
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Set up a syslog server

I have installed Ubuntu Server 12.04 and I intend to set up a syslog server. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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How do I configure CUPS and change SAMBA setting for no printers?

A couple of time an hour, these lines show up in syslog Feb 19 09:20:11 KISE-055 smbd[5685]: [2013/02/19 09:20:11.609603, 0] printing/print_cups.c:110(cups_connect) Feb 19 09:20:11 KISE-055 ...
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Dell 7537 syslog over 40 GB

I am a new user and not a techie, but i love ubuntu. I am at 14.10 currently and have almost 60GB allocated to /var but lately the /var folder has been eating up almost over 40GB of space, the last ...
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Configuring syslog for bash script logging

I want to use syslog to do some bash script logging. I see /etc/rsyslog.d/50-default.conf, but I'm new to syslog. I want to configure local0 for logging for my scripts. Should I be editing this ...
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No logs are written to /var/log

I have a problem, that no logs are written to /var/log. -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 6.4M May 21 2014 syslog -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 5.7M May 21 2014 daemon.log -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 494K May 21 ...
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How can I view a log of system use?

Is there a log or software application for interpreting, e.g. /var/log/syslog* so that I can get statistics on system use? I am interested in the frequency of use of a machine by different users; ...
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^@^@ character in syslog

I observe the following strange characters ^@ in syslog at the time when my machine freezes. Then i have to hardboot my machine. What could be wrong any ideas? Oct 12 12:20:52 nanak-P570WM ...
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“Wrong ufstype may corrupt your filesystem” - Should I be worried?

I was just now looking through /var/log/syslog and I found these line which worried me: ufs: You didn't specify the type of your ufs filesystem May 5 09:06:09 Bath-Towel kernel: [ 425.626221] May ...
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How to verify if a reboot was due to power outage?

We've had problems with tripping a breaker and I think we just did it again, but I need to confirm that 1 of our boxes rebooted due to a power outage and not for another mundane reason. I have ...
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syslog kernlog xorg.0.log - is it safe to post them

Is it safe to post syslog kernlog xorg.o.log from /var/log online to solve a problem with ubuntu system? There is private content in there that other people should not see? Thanks
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First steps in verifying random crashes?

Recently my system has been acting weird. I consider it stable and I leave my system pretty much running 24/7. However, just about an hour ago I decided to get out of the PC for a bit and do my ...
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How to cure regular syslog error?

I'm getting regular errors in my syslog (they're occurring exactly every 10 minutes, to the second): Feb 22 13:01:24 computer sm-mta[5747]: q1MBVO6B003778: SYSERR(root): hash map "Alias0": missing ...
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limitation of capacity of syslog file

I would like to decrease the storage usage of syslog because the free space of the root partition is small. Storage usage of syslog are shown below. -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 42G Aug ...
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OSSEC HIDS reports “Interface entered in promiscuous(sniffing) mode”

I have installed the latest version of OSSEC HIDS (2.8.1), and I keep now getting these email notifications from it: OSSEC HIDS Notification. 2015 Apr 08 11:26:17 Received From: ...
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Various segfaults in syslog; firefox, apt-get and other apps broken

I am working on an Ubuntu 12.04 installation that has recently started misbehaving. It is used by multiple people at an office, so it's possible someone messed things up (although the only user who is ...
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Can I block log messages from specific devices or drivers?

I'm getting "NVRM: os_raise_smp_barrier()" messages in syslog and dmesg at a rate of 4-6 per minute; I think it's from the Nvidia graphics driver. The system behaves normally, but the messages ...
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Ubuntu crash - how to read log files

A few days ago the laptop decided to close without no relevant reason. From this day on, it randomly crashes without explanation. This is what I (correctly?) filtered from the log files on the last ...
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syslog error message eating up my HD with wireless message

I received a message that I ran out of space on my hard drive, so I deleted a few things, large games I never played, etc, a few hours later, I got the same message, so I deleted a few more large ...
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14.04 upgrade: sysklogd disappeared without replacement!

I just upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 with do-release-upgrade and I lost my syslog daemon in the proceedings. klogd and sysklogd were removed without any replacement functionality being installed. (I ...
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How to send dhcpd lease & MAC address info to central syslog server?

I am looking to send dhcpd leases including MAC address info etc. to my remote central syslog server, the server running dhcpd is running syslog-ng...would someone be so gracious as to assist me with ...