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Ubuntu linux: where to find error logs, messages, bootup messages, etc. and how to read them

May 12th, 2010

Various logs can be found here:


They can be read by opening a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal in Ubuntu 10.04, etc.) and typing:

cd /var/log
less name_of_logfile

(Use the space bar to go to the next page; type ‘q’ to quit.)

Most of the files in /var/log can also be viewed using Ubuntu’s Log File Viewer. In 10.04, this is found by navigating to System -> Administration -> Log File Viewer from the taskbar. There is a menu listing the available logs on the left-hand side of the Log File Viewer; click on the name of a file to view it.

Filed under: Command line,Logs
May 12th, 2010 12:21:16
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