SUMMARY:Where do all the console messages go?

From: Strafford Walton (
Date: Sun Mar 31 1996 - 06:36:47 CST

A few days ago I asked if console messages were logged to a file. The original
question is at the end of this mail.

The basic answer is that most console messages can be logged to a file by
updating /etc/syslog.conf and restarting the syslogd daemon. Lines in
syslog.conf that have /dev/console can be duplicated. You can change the
duplicate lines "/dev/console" to a file name of your choice.

Not all console messages can be trapped this way, only those that use
the syslog facility (ref man -s 3 syslog).

/etc/ contains the process id of the syslog daemon. Use this as
an argument to kill -1 to restart the syslog daemon.

Someone responded that syslog.conf can also be setup to redirect messages
to another host - no details on this. Also a hint - don't use blanks
in syslog.conf, use tabs instead.

Other references ... man syslog, man syslogd, man syslog.conf

Many thanks to all those who replied ...
Sahir N Siddiqui
Mark S Anderson
Fendor Gnuchev (Ted)
Dave Zavatson
Francis Liu
Marina Daniels
Stephen Potter
Cheryl L Southard
Stephen Harris
Guy Cole
Jim Meritt
Amy Hollander

> Hello Sun Managers,
> various files on Solaris contain details of what has happened on the system ..
> /var/adm/sulog details su access
> /var/adm/messages seem to be kernel generated messages
> /var/cron/log details of crontab entries initiated
> last command details who logged in, from where and when
> dmesg details boot messages
> Is there any way of obtaining the messages that appear on the console after the
> event - ie, are they logged to a file somewhere? (We are trying to manage
> a "lights out" operation).
> Will post a summary.
> Thanks in advance.
> Regards, Strafford

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