[CentOS] No entry in /var/log/boot.log

Rod Rook rod.rook at gmail.com
Sun Nov 1 16:40:43 UTC 2009


On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 10:13 AM, Robert <kerplop at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

>
>
> Rod Rook wrote:
>
> <snip>
>
> > Hi, Lee,
> > The problem mentioned in the thread you referred to is usually caused
> > by Network Manager, which has nothing to do with boot.log.
> > Thanks to you anyway.
> Perhaps he meant the thread beginning at
> http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos/2009-October/084836.html
>
> My boot log looks like this:
>
>        [root at mavis log]# pwd
>        /var/log
>        [root at mavis log]# ls -l | grep boot
>        -rw------- 1 root    root          0 Nov  1 04:02 boot.log
>        -rw------- 1 root    root          0 Oct 25 04:02 boot.log.1
>        -rw------- 1 root    root          0 Oct 18 04:02 boot.log.2
>        -rw------- 1 root    root          0 Oct 11 04:02 boot.log.3
>        -rw------- 1 root    root          0 Oct  4 04:02 boot.log.4
>        [root at mavis log]#
>
> The zero length most like indicates that there are no entries :-;  yet
> we can see that the machine has been rebooted:
>
>         [root at mavis log]# grep boot messages*
>        messages.2:Oct 22 11:39:13 mavis shutdown[26207]: shutting down
>        for system reboot
>        messages.4:Oct  5 16:17:33 mavis shutdown[19739]: shutting down
>        for system reboot
>        messages.4:Oct  5 16:27:07 mavis shutdown[4979]: shutting down
>        for system reboot
>        messages.4:Oct  5 16:33:25 mavis shutdown[4738]: shutting down
>        for system reboot
>        messages.4:Oct 10 15:01:46 mavis shutdown[11680]: shutting down
>        for system reboot
>        [root at mavis log]#
>
> Frankly, I can do very well without have boot.log at all but it seems
> that if we have it, it really should work!
> Mounting an old CentOS-4 disk, we see that it worked in CentOS 4:
>
>        [root at mavis log]# pwd
>        /old-sys/var/log
>        [root at mavis log]# ls -l | grep boot
>        -rw------- 1 root          root     107353 May 21  2007 boot.log
>        -rw------- 1 root          root       8867 May 20  2007 boot.log.1
>        -rw------- 1 root          root      17265 May 13  2007 boot.log.2
>        -rw------- 1 root          root       2224 May  6  2007 boot.log.3
>        -rw------- 1 root          root        105 Apr 29  2007 boot.log.4
>        [root at mavis log]#
>
> It's interesting to note that my current /etc/syslog.conf  and the one
> in the older version both contain the entry:
>
>          # Save boot messages also to boot.log
>        local7.*                              /var/log/boot.log
>
> Beyond ferreting out those details, I am LOST.
>
> Robert, I responded to Lee's statement which referred to
http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos/2009-October/083346.html
It is all there if you follow the thread.
Anyway, you agree with me that there is a bug or bugs in CentOS 5.4. As I
said earlier, it is not a critical matter, but it does not instill
confidence in me about CentOS distro. What other bugs are there? The
interesting thing, at least to me, is that there seems to be conspiratorial
silence about such bugs. Nobody wants to speak ill of their beloved distro?
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