Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 11-15-2010, 09:29 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2007
Posts: 118

Rep: Reputation: 17
Dumping /var/log./messages using 'cat' is failing


I am trying to dump /var/log/messages using cat command, but it is failing.
[root@greplinux-linux ~]# cat /var/log/messages

cat: /var/log/messages: Invalid argument
messages file is present in /var/log. When I tried to open that using 'vi' it is saying 'messages' is not a file.

First column of command "ls -l /var/log/messages" is '?rwsrwsrwt'.

What is that I am doing wrong? Please guide me.

Thanks in advance
Old 11-15-2010, 09:51 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Distribution: Ubuntu 10.04 and CentOS 5.5
Posts: 3,873

Rep: Reputation: 334Reputation: 334Reputation: 334Reputation: 334
This is my messages file.
$ ls -l /var/log/messages
-rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 1543 2010-11-15 08:37 /var/log/messages
Looks like something messed up your file. Maybe you should fsck the disk.
Old 11-16-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 15

Rep: Reputation: 0
Hm... seems like the file mode bits are messed up (rwsrwsrwt means that every possible bit is set there).


chmod 644 /var/log/messages

and look if this changes them back to

The "?" in front of the mode doesn't look good either... did you check your disk like 'stress_junkie' already proposed?

Any other files in /var/log or elsewhere with the same symptoms?


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
/var/adm/messages vs /var/log/messages gomes1333 Linux - General 1 04-06-2010 04:08 AM
/var/log/messages and /var/log/cron not working sigkill Linux - Software 6 08-09-2008 01:08 PM
Redirecting the kernel messages to file other than /var/log/messages jyotika_b83 Linux - General 3 04-28-2005 06:39 PM
From where am i getting error messages to /var/log/messages? prabhuacsp Linux - Networking 1 02-16-2005 12:34 AM
/var/log/messages full of these messages. Should I be concerned? mdavis Linux - Security 5 04-16-2004 10:08 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:36 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration