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Linux® Quick Fix Notebook by Peter Harrison

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Chapter 5. Troubleshooting Linux with syslog

There are hundreds of Linux applications on the market, each with their own configuration files and help pages. This variety makes Linux vibrant, but it also makes Linux system administration daunting. Fortunately, in most cases, Linux applications use the syslog utility to export all their errors and status messages to files located in the /var/log directory.

This can be invaluable in correlating the timing and causes of related events on your system. It is also important to know that applications frequently don’t display errors on the screen, but will usually log them somewhere. Knowing the precise message that accompanies an error can be vital in researching ...

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