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    chguy NNTP User

    Default No /var/log/syslog

    The title says it all: I can't find the syslog file on my system and I have no idea where to start troubleshooting

    I'm using openSUSE 11.2.

    Please help.

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    Default Re: No /var/log/syslog

    See /var/log/messages

    Are you coming from a Debian system by any chance? On openSUSE the destinations of syslog log files are declared in /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf. /var/log/messages is the main destination. On distros still using syslog instead of syslog-ng, the declarations are in /etc/syslog.conf.

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    Default Re: No /var/log/syslog

    Start Yast, go 'Various'. There's an item there for the boot log, and there's an item there for the system log. FYI the 'syslog' is not used anymore, it's all in /var/log/messages

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    chguy NNTP User

    Default Re: No /var/log/syslog

    Thanks for the clarification, guys

    Yes, I'm coming from Ubuntu/GNOME and I'm pretty confused after changing to (the very different) openSUSE. :-/

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    Default Re: No /var/log/syslog

    Debian/Ubuntu is actually the odd one out here. Most (all?) RPM descended distros use /var/log/messages. But all the filenames are configurable, typical for Unix/Linux utilities.

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: No /var/log/syslog

    chguy wrote:

    >I'm pretty confused after changing to (the very different) openSUSE. :-/


    but but but, if it wasn't different it would be named Ubuntu.. ;-)

    lots of differences....all better!! ;-)

    explore..

    and, if you wish you could document the differences as you get
    confused (and then find the solution) and build a tutorial for
    migration from Ubuntu to openSUSE..

    _some_ of the philosophical differences are contained in this Wiki
    page: http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts

    but, truthfully most all of that is written for the Redmond Ship
    Jumper, and not for someone moving among Linux distros..

    as far as i know there is no single list of differences, but there
    should be..

    --
    palladium

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    Default Re: No /var/log/syslog

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    See /var/log/messages

    On openSUSE the destinations of syslog log files are declared in /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf.
    Not anymore. 11.2 uses rsyslog like Ubuntu. The logfiles are declared in /etc/rsyslog.conf.

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    Default Re: No /var/log/syslog

    Ah, that's interesting, I hadn't noticed on the machines I installed 11.2 on. Just looked at the home page, lots of interesting features. Oh goody.

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