Re: various files in /var/log, what are they?
From: Bill Unruh (unruh_at_string.physics.ubc.ca)
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 16:10:15 +0000 (UTC)
"Flip" <[remove]email@example.com> writes:
]I see various files in my /var/log directory. Some are called messages,
]messages.1, lastlog (which is huge). Are the *.1 files older ones? The
]backups? The active ones? Is there a standard type of message that goes
]into the message file?
the .1 etc files are old files (look at the dates) logrotate saves teh
files and starts new ones.
What is logged is determined by /etc/syslog.conf
]I'm trying to identify when something "funny" is happening to my server,
]like the tell tale signs of an attack, etc.