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Old 04-23-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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How to write kernel log directly to a file without user action?


I have some crashes on Easy Peasy resume from standby after installing some package updates, these crashes logs are hard to copy from screen to paper by hand, and if i try to do this, the screen gets blank by power management (yes, surprisingly, this does work even after a crash).
How can i make kernel log appear not on the console, but in a file instead, and have this file 'sync'ed after each new line is written?
 
Old 04-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #2
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I would think something like this:

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locate log | grep kernel
will show you that the kernel log may already be stored in /var/log/kernel.log or somewhere like that.
 
Old 04-23-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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Yes, there exists /var/log/kern.log, but there's no its backup, so it's overwritten after startup, while i need the log from previous, crashed, session.
 
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Ok, here's an idea. When your system crashes:
1. reboot it using a liveCD,
2. mount the hard disk of the crashed system,
3. copy the kern.log file.
 
Old 04-23-2009, 07:47 PM   #5
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Another idea, dunno if it'll work for you:
http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO...ash-HOWTO.html
 
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Sounds like your syslog or logrotate needs some configuring.
In _really_ dire circumstances, you could force a sync to disk using the magic sysrq, but you shouldn't be that bad. If the power management is still running, syslog should be.

Try a liveCD as suggested.
 
  


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