Log Management

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Common Logs on an Ubuntu System

  • alternatives.log – Logs the alternative programs that could be used instead of the installed program.[1]
  • apache
  • apache2
  • apport.log
  • apt
  • auth.log
  • boot
  • boot.log
  • btmp
  • ConsoleKit
  • dist-upgrade
  • dmesg
  • dkg.log
  • exim4
  • fail2ban.log
  • faillog
  • fontconfig.log
  • fsck
  • kern.log
  • lastlog
  • lxc
  • mail.err
  • mail.log
  • mysql
  • news
  • ntpstats
  • syslog
  • udev
  • ufw.log
  • unattended-upgrades
  • upstart
  • wtmp
  1. [1]I am note entirely clear on this log, see the AskUbuntu question “Where Are All the Major Log Files Located.”