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Old 05-24-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
drManhattan
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syslog events to identify particular issue


Hi

I would like know how to read logs in linux.
I know about syslog and /var/log/* log files but I don't know what kind of events means particular problem.
E.g.
- hardware issues (?)
- security problem (/var/log/security)
- administrative changes (?)

QUESTIONS :
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What kind of entries I would find and where if there were hardware issues with :
- hard disk,
- dvd burner,
- some peripherals ?

What kind of entries I would find and where if there were administrative changes :
- change owner of some file
- add new user/group


thx for help.
 
Old 05-25-2011, 12:31 AM   #2
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Bit of an open qn, but here are a few hints

HW issue on boot: /var/log/dmesg
HW issue during normal running : /var/log/messages

change of ownerships: not normally logged; ditto new user.
you can get tools and/or add wrappers to log this if you want.

TBH, actual err msgs and give distro they appear on are easier to explain. Also, some distros have other log files elsewhere.

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