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Old 06-21-2009, 07:02 AM   #1
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wat should be done if /var/log/messages file is deleted


Hi,
By mistake I deleted /var/log/messages file.Will that harm the OS or the softwares running on linux in any way????????If so,is there any method by which I can avoid it.

Thank you,

Sree Deepya.

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Old 06-21-2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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It will not cause any harm; however, you obviously lost any information in the file. To prevent this happening in the future you may wish to log on as a non-privileged user or use the "-i" switch on rm.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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It will not cause any harm; however, you obviously lost any information in the file. To prevent this happening in the future you may wish to log on as a non-privileged user or use the "-i" switch on rm.
In future will the system save the logs????
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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You'll need to:

# touch /var/log/messages

Be more careful with root, please.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:21 AM   #5
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Never run the box as root. Run all apps as a user. only use root when you absoluteley have too. and then get out of it.

Be oh so careful when you are running as root !!
 
Old 06-21-2009, 04:48 PM   #6
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Add this to root's .bashrc file

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alias rm='rm -i'
then next time you try and delete a file with rm you'll be asked if you're sure you want to do it.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 04:54 PM   #7
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If you've deleted a file that's being written to you probably should
restart syslogd, otherwise it'll keep pushing log messages into what
will disappear next time the logs get rotated.



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