I am not getting any logs in auth.log, kern.log, syslog or any other log files on my 12.04 ubuntu server. There is also no rsyslog.conf if it should be there by default.

How can I debug this & get the log files written normally as they should be ?


I just found that rsyslog was not installed at all by default on my ubuntu 12.04. After installing it via apt-get I can see log files being written.

But is it really like I need to manually install rsyslog to see the logs, otherwise I won't be getting anything in the logs ??

  • My 12.04 server came with rsyslog installed and has been writing logs ever since. – Jos Mar 3 '14 at 7:25
  • Is it a pre-installed VPS server? Those often come with only the bare minimum packages pre-installed (I had one without even man). – Calimo Dec 23 '14 at 10:51

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