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Old 11-25-2004, 11:43 AM   #1
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Did I kill logwatch?

I didn't receive my usual LogWatch email this morning from my FC3 box and I'm a little concerned. Here's what I might have done to bugger it up:

My log files had become choked with messages generated during setup and testing. So, last night I backed up /var/log/* and set about resetting the logs manually (emptying them of content with vi), then rebooted just for the hell of it.

I have looked through the logs manually this morning and everything seems to be logging normally, and for the first time I had a pretty good idea that what I was seeing was actually pertinent to the functioning of my server in the last twelve hours or so.

I just wanna know: why might my actions have caused LogWatch to stop sending? Can I make it do its thing (as sepcified in /etc/cron.daily) from the command line? Thanks!
Old 11-25-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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you can run logwatch directly from the command line.

When your prompt is back, you will probably have your mailed logs
Old 11-25-2004, 12:00 PM   #3
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Wow, thanks for the quick reply!

I'm clearly an idiot. By default (as specified in /etc/log.d/logwatch.conf) Logwatch sends log activity for YESTERDAY, but I had erased yesterday's log activity, Duh.

By backing up the confing and by changing output to stdout instead of email I saw what I wanted to see.

Actually I saw something I didn't want to see. but that's another thread.

Last edited by Stomatella; 11-25-2004 at 12:04 PM.


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