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Old 05-26-2005, 07:47 AM   #1
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Where can I get a 'Complete' Boot Log?

Sarge. Kernel 2.6.8.

In Fedora, if I look at /var/log/boot.log, I see a complete log of everything that went across the screen during the boot sequence.

Using dmesg in Debian, I only get messages that appeared during tha hardware resolution phase.

Specifically, as the boot process scrolled across my screen, I saw a couple messages related to 'firestarter'. I want to know exactly what they said, but it's not there in dmesg.
Old 05-26-2005, 08:07 AM   #2
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What system loger do you have installed?

There are several system loggers to choose from. There are sysklogd, which is the traditional set of system logging daemons, syslog-ng, an advanced system logger, and metalog which is a highly-configurable system logger.

Do you have a /var/log/messages file? Perhaps a /var/log/boot.log?

# Watch error messages as they happen (sysklogd needed)
as root, tail -f /var/log/messages (shows last 10 lines, use a number in front of f for more lines)

# Debian links
Installing Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 For Intel x86
The Very Verbose Debian 3.0 Installation Walkthrough
Debian Package Management HOWTO Version 1.1

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Old 05-26-2005, 08:36 AM   #3
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I do have a /var/log/messages file ... no reference to 'firestarter' in it ... There is no /var/log/boot.log file in Debian (unlike Fedora)

I'm not sure about what logger programs I have, but I did this grep command with no hits:
grep -lr firestarter /var/log/

Yet I know, I saw the word 'firestarter' at least twice during the boot process.
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You should be able to get a boot.log by editing etc/default/bootlogd (it should be self explanatory when you see it). Nex time you reboot you will then get the /var/log/boot, and it seems to be pretty complete

Hope this helps
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Bootlogd is not a very good logger. I had it installed on my Debian testing machine. It worked great with kernel 2.4.x, but in kernel 2.6.x with udev enabled it doesn't log anything (it complains about a 'bad file descriptor'.

So if anyone knows a better logger than bootlogd, I'd be glad to hear it.
Old 05-31-2005, 03:29 AM   #6
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If you have look at the boot process you will notice that syslog is only initiated after the ICE socket is brought up. My setup (sarge) uses the ramdisk (initrd.img) as do most installs. A lot of processes are started by the ram disk and unless you can start the syslog daemon earlier in the process (/etc/rcx.d functions via the initrd.img) functions it will not record events.


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