4.1 System Log Files in /var/log/

System log files are always located under the /var/log directory. The following list presents an overview of all system log files from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server present after a default installation. Depending on your installation scope, /var/log also contains log files from other services and applications not listed here. Some files and directories described below are placeholders and are only used, when the corresponding application is installed. Most log files are only visible for the user root.

acpid

Log of the advanced configuration and power interface event daemon (acpid), a daemon to notify user-space programs of ACPI events. acpid will log all of its activities, as well as the STDOUT and STDERR of any actions to syslog.

apparmor

AppArmor log files. See Section IV, Confining Privileges with AppArmor, (↑Security Guide) for details of AppArmor.

audit

Logs from the audit framework. See Section VI, The Linux Audit Framework, (↑Security Guide) for details.

boot.msg

Log of the system init process—this file contains all boot messages from the Kernel, the boot scripts and the services started during the boot sequence.

Check this file to find out whether your hardware has been correctly initialized or all services have been started successfully.

boot.omsg

Log of the system shutdown process - this file contains all messages issued on the last shutdown or reboot.

ConsoleKit/*

Logs of the ConsoleKit daemon (daemon for tracking what users are logged in and how they interact with the computer).

cups/

Access and error logs of the Common UNIX Printing System (cups).

faillog

Database file that contains all login failures. Use the faillog command to view. See man 8 faillog for more information.

firewall

Firewall logs.

gdm/*

Log files from the GNOME display manager.

krb5

Log files from the Kerberos network authentication system.

lastlog

The lastlog file is a database which contains info on the last login of each user. Use the command lastlog to view. See man 8 lastlog for more information.

localmessages

Log messages of some boot scripts, for example the log of the DHCP client.

mail*

Mail server (postfix, sendmail) logs.

messages

This is the default place where all Kernel and system log messages go and should be the first place (along with /var/log/warn) to look at in case of problems.

NetworkManager

NetworkManager log files

news/*

Log messages from a news server.

ntp

Logs from the Network Time Protocol daemon (ntpd).

pk_backend_zypp

PackageKit (with libzypp backend) log files.

puppet/*

Log files from the data center automation tool puppet.

samba/*

Log files from samba, the Windows SMB/CIFS file server.

SaX.log

Logs from SaX2, the SUSE advanced X11 configuration tool.

scpm

Logs from the system configuration profile management (scpm).

warn

Log of all system warnings and errors. This should be the first place (along with /var/log/messages) to look at in case of problems.

wtmp

Database of all login/logout activities, runlevel changes and remote connections. Use the command last to view. See man 1 last for more information.

xinetd.log

Log files from the extended Internet services daemon (xinetd).

Xorg.0.log

X startup log file. Refer to this in case you have problems starting X. Copies from previous X starts are numbered Xorg.?.log.

YaST2/*

All YaST log files.

zypp/*

libzypp log files. Refer to these files for the package installation history.

zypper.log

Logs from the command line installer zypper.