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Old 01-12-2005, 06:04 PM   #1
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Retrieving boot messages

My following question applies in general to any distribution
When a linux system boots up, after the kernel is loaded, the different services are loaded example network services, xinetd, sshd, sendmail etc ... and the status of [OK] or [FAIL] appears beside each service as it is loaded. Are those status messages logged anywhere ?

Usually my system loads pretty quick and I have many services that are loaded and the screen goes by pretty fast that I do not have time to read and make note of any errors that occurs. I tried to look in /var/log/messages and dmesg but those messages are different.

Does anyone know where those "user space" services boot up messages are logged ?

Old 01-12-2005, 06:26 PM   #2
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Try looking at /var/log/messages or /var/log/syslog. Also you can type dmesg | more and it will print it out for you.
Old 01-14-2005, 12:57 AM   #3
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Actually no dmesg and /var/log/messages do not show the messages that I want.
dmesg and /var/log/messages will display stuff like kernel printks or other logging functions made by other programs

What I am talking about are the set of services that get started when the linux system boots up like example:

Starting sendmail [OK]
Starting sshd [OK]
etc ...

sometimes one of those services fail and it scrolls by so fast that you cannot see.
Example, if your network card is not configured correctly then the bringing up of eth0 will fail and sendmail will take foreever to start. But if you not quick and read quickly that it was eth0 that failed, you'll be left in the dark and not know what went wrong.
Old 01-14-2005, 01:09 AM   #4
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well i have a file /etc/services but that just seems to list them. what about the boot logs in /var/logs ?

actually i just looked at the service file closer and at the end it does said if it succeeded or not

whoops sorry that was actually oneof the boot logs i had on my terminal. lol

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