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Old 12-31-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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[SOLVED] No bootlogd- how to read boot messages?

Hi All,

I'm running Debain Wheezy (brand new install) with Xfce 4.8 and am trying to find a way to read the boot message at start up. Online research suggests editing the bootlogd file to create a readable log file as described below. However, there is no bootlogd file where specified or anywhere else after doing a search. Am I missing something?

Thanks Much,



Here's how to turn on boot message logging so you can read the boot messages of your linux system later.

Whenever my linux laptop boots up, I see the various messages scrolling up the screen really fast, which makes it hard to read them. What's important, is that there's some error messages that I'd like to investigate. Unfortunately, these error messages scroll by way to fast.

Luckily, there's a way to log these boot messages to a file so that they can be read later once the system is running. I'll show you how to enable boot message logging. This works on Debian lenny but might also work on Ubuntu and other Debian derived linux distributions.

As root, edit the file /etc/default/bootlogd

The file should look something like this at first:

# Run bootlogd at startup ?

Simply change the "No" to "Yes", save the file, reboot, and your boot messages should be logged to a file located at /var/log/boot .

Last edited by aquaboot; 12-31-2012 at 02:15 PM.
Old 12-31-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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I just installed boologd since it was not installed by default. Now I have a boot log in the expected directory.



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