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The boot.log file is missing with s390x systems

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3)


There is no /var/log/boot.log file found / present on s390x systems.


Not having a /var/log/boot.log file created is by default expected with IBM Z systems.


The Plymouth services are failing on s390x IBM Z Systems with SLES12SPx since these systems do not have any graphics components.

Additional Information

As an alternative it is possible to get the /var/log/boot.log created by removing the plymouth package and instead adding the package blog-plymouth:

zypper rm plymouth plymouth-dracut
zypper in blog blog-plymouth

On reboot the /var/log/boot.log should then be created. Also see the SLES12 SP3 Release Notes.


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  • Document ID:7023356
  • Creation Date: 17-Sep-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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