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Old 03-13-2009, 07:31 PM   #1
ZZMike
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files "security" and "messages"?


We have a few laptops that have security settings applied. There are two files, "security" and "messages" that I'm not sure about. They're in /var/log

Unfortunately, the names make it useless to do a web search (or even here).

Can anyone give me a pointer that tells where these files come from and how they're used?

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Old 03-14-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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Take a look at the syslogd man pages, they'll explain the purpose and function of those files.

Code:
man 8 syslogd
man 5 syslog.conf
more /etc/syslog.conf
 
Old 03-14-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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/var/log is where most services and/or daemons put their logfiles.
messages is kind of the catchall for any prog that doesn't have its own logfile, plus some services write to tha as well as their own.
Try looking at the contents, its just a text file (as most logs are).

/var/log/security (or 'secure' on some systems) is as its name implies, things like ssh log to there.
You could look at /etc/syslog.conf and
http://forums13.itrc.hp.com/service/...hreadId=828949
http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=security/linuxlogs1
 
  


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