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  1. #1

    Tail logs on 11.04

    Hi All

    I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 over the weekend and wanted to tail the logs whilst doing so stuff. When I browsed to the folder after getting an error trying to tail, I noticed that the messages file does not exist.

    Can anyone advise where I am going wrong. Usually use tail -f /var/log/messages



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    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    I'm not familiar with the filesystem layout of Ubuntu, but that's the standard place for that file. Are you sure the syslog service is running?
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    Trusted Penguin Irithori's Avatar
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    I believe, ubuntu uses /var/log/syslog, and not /var/log/messages

    To verify that, you can look into /etc/syslog.conf or /etc/rsyslog.conf
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    The file is probably not having read permission, try as root -


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