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Old 07-21-2003, 02:26 PM   #1
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logs sent to /dev/console appear on /dev/tty1


I've included line:
*.* /dev/console

in my syslog.conf, so I could have all the logs displayed in the xconsole when in X. It all works fine untill I reboot. Then all logs that should go to /dev/console appear on prompt (/dev/tty1). I have tried to redirect them to, let's say /dev/tty12 and use the -file option with xconsole but it doesn't work.

Thanks for the support ...

Old 07-24-2003, 08:52 PM   #2
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simulate console with tail

Since there are no posts, and I haven't foud any proper(?) sollution, I've improvised a bit and came up with my own little console. So here it goes:

since I don't want these logging messages showing up on tty1, but still want to have a console in X with some logs, I have to comment out the line in syslog.conf that does something like this:
whatever.whatever /dev/console

and instead, point the desired logs to some file:
whatever.whatever /var/log/whatever.log

then I have to set up the read permissions to myself, so I can read the file (kind of obvious isn't it):
chmod ??4 whatever.log

and have a xterm (or aterm, eterm or whatever I wil use) execute the:
tail -f /var/log/whatever.log

command. I put it in my xinitrc, so I dont have to run it manualy every time I log in:
xterm -e tail -f /var/log/whatever.log

That's it.

Well, I think it's nothing new to most of you, but it gives me pleasure to share my discoveries.


Ooops ... almost forgot. The syslogd daemon must be restarted also!

Last edited by lfur; 07-24-2003 at 08:56 PM.
Old 04-02-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
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I use a little different method myself.

I redirect all log output from apache to /dev/tty12 by a tail command I start in initrc. then I just press ctrl+alt+f12 and I can monitor apache logs from there.
Old 01-08-2008, 01:19 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by lfur View Post
*.* /dev/console
This should be

*.* /dev/xconsole

To send to ttys make it /dev/tty#


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