The act of recording actions, requests, and other meaningful data in a computer. Often used for troubleshooting kernels, servers, etc.

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How can I log all process launches in Linux

I would like to get a log of all processes that are launched with the time that they were launched and the arguments they were launched with. Is this possible in Linux?
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Log viewer on Windows [closed]

I'm a developer, and I generate big log files. I've tried several log viewer applications (free or not), so far mtail I like the most. But, it lacks features. I would like from my log viewer to: ...
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logrotate configuration file syntax - multiple wildcard entries possible?

Since the man page doesn't answer my question and I don't want to force a rotation cycle, I decided to ask the question here. The man page for logrotate gives the following example: ...
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Is there an exhaustive list of what Windows logs or can log?

I know that there is the event log, but that's not where it stops. There are logs for MSI executables, device logs, setup and installation, performance logs, and so on. It's probably quite a long ...
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Viewing the full Skype chat history

I have Skype 2.8 on Mac OS X 10.5.8. Under the the chat menu is an option called "Recent Chats". This allows me to see logs of recent chats, but not of older ones. I know the older ones are ...
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How to see who is using my WiFi

I have WiFi router at home and would like to know if there is any way to know who is connected to my WiFi network and using it. My WiFi network is password protected but still there could be a chance ...
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How do I log startup and shut-down times in Windows 7?

I'd like to log the times when my computer starts up and shuts down. I don't need any diagnostic info or anything, just a simple note of the date and time, e.g. something like: 2011/04/29 08:17:34 AM ...
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How can I suppress chrome-extension:// output from Web Inspector's console log?

I don't wish to disable my extensions – after all they're there for development purposes – but I want to disable their output from the console in Web Inspector. Is there a way to do this? N.B. a very ...
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Writing “tail -f” output to another file

As a continuation from my last post where I have used grep & tail -f to find occurences of "rare" events. I would like to record this in another file. I've tried turning tail -f log.txt | ...
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Linux command line utility for watching log files live?

What's a good linux command line utility for watching a log file live? It's probably obvious but I totally forgot it.
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How do erase the contents of a error.log file but keep the file intact

I want to erase the contents of the file error.log (nginx error log file), but I don't want to actually delete the file. is this possible? running ubuntu
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How do I log file system read/writes by filename in Linux?

I'm looking for a simple method that will log file system operations. It should display the name of the file being accessed or modified. I'm familiar with powertop, and it appears this works to an ...
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How to log processes throughout workday?

Basically, I want to track which processes are running and their cpu % throughout the day to pinpoint random freezing and slowness. I would like to go in to a text file and see a log of the previous ...
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How to log activity on my computer?

I have a simple question, I have a computer at home, and I'm thinking someone from the family is doing things to it while I'm asleep (playing games, downloading stuff). Now usually, I won't mind, but ...
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How to redirect output to a text file and the console (cmd) window at the same time?

How can I redirect output to a text file and the console (cmd) window at the same time?
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Where is the log file generated by a verbose start-up in OS X Lion?

After starting up my machine in verbose mode (cmd + v at start-up) I want to view the generated log messages, to debug an error I'm receiving (the error). The error is only displayed on the screen ...
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Police found & returned my stolen laptop reformatted by thief. Can installation logs help locate the thief?

Three weeks ago my laptop was stolen from campus. I immediately reported it to police and on manufacturer's website. A couple of days ago a man called the manufacturer and said he bought a second-hand ...
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iPhone log reader

I went to the apple store today to discuss a problem with my iPhone battery, and they plugged it into one of their macs and used an application that interpreted the logs stored on my phone. So, my ...
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Can't cd into my own directory?

On an EC2 instance I have changed Apache's log location to a different directory than the default. This is so that I can hold the logs on a (non-boot, only data) EBS. However, I can't cd into the ...
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Am I secure from network monitoring software if HTTPS is used?

I will be logging into my bank account and my personal email accounts at work. Its not banned at work, but I just don't want them to save/log a copy of whatever I do with these services. Especially my ...
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User login “log” on Mac OS X

Does Mac OS record user logins/logouts? I'm in a situation where I need to show that a certain user was logged in at a certain time (long story) less than four weeks ago. Is this recorded at the Mac ...
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How do I log all UNIX shell commands submitted by all users?

Is there an elegant way to log every command submitted in all shells on a machine? This is in the context of an infrequently-used Ubuntu server, of which I am the only human user. (There are several ...
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Fetching e-mails into Redmine via IMAP

I'm trying to fetch e-mails into Redmine via IMAP. The e-mails I'm generating look like this: FooBar Ltd 123456 http://example.com/Foobar-Ltd-123456.html Project: backend Tracker: Dataerror ...
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Does Power-Management Affect a Hard-Drive’s SMART Statistics?

Among the various fields in a hard-drive’s SMART statistics, a few are flagged as “life-critical”, that is, those values determine the primary health of the drive and how long it may have left before ...
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Linux - some way to keep a live-updating log file open in terminal?

This must've been done before: I want to keep a log file open in terminal so I can monitor updates to it as they occur. My searches are coming up with everything but this situation... I must be ...
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Where Linux places the messages of boot?

I want to find place to where Linux writes all boot messages. You know: facility one [STARTED] facility two [STARTED] facility three [FAILED] I searched with find . -print0 | xargs -0 grep ...
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MS Office Communicator: Instant message tracking

Recently, our IT department has installed Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 on our machines. I have disabled the last two options in the Options -> Personal tab (see the screeny below). Can the ...
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Walk me through the Linux log files (please)

I just tried loading a 2MB file in gedit and it silently died on me. I was wondering if anything might appear in a log file that might help me diagnose this: I checked syslog and found out it ...
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System logs in Mac OSX 10.6

Something is filling up my system log files, to the point that console.app will only show the last half hour of each file. It looks like something is trying to escape its sandbox, but I'm not exactly ...
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Is there a Windows 7 uninstall log that shows who uninstalled what?

Is it possible to know who uninstalled a specific application from Windows 7 event logs?
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Where to find Ubuntu One logs

Ubuntu one does not synchronize files since I upgraded from 9.10 to 10.04. The preferences panel keeps showing "Synchronization in progress...", but files are not downloaded from the repository. It ...
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How can I use Event Viewer to confirm login times filtered by User?

I'm required to log my start and finish times at work. Occasionally I forget to do this and had a bright idea that checking the Security events log would allow me to retrospectively ascertain my ...
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Where to look when the system crashes or something else horrible goes down?

My Linux Mint workstation is acting funky, it appears to be logging me out randomly, though I'm guessing what's really happening is that the X desktop is crashing. Maybe. How do I troubleshoot this? ...
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How to find out WHEN a usb disk was removed?

I have got an external disk probably stolen from my computer at work. Is there any way to see in some system logs at what time this device was removed / unmounted? My operating system is Windows 7 ...
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Logging all Firefox HTTP Request Headers?

I'm using Ruby+Watir to request pages through Firefox. I would like to record the headers and content of every http request made through the browser. Would it be possible to configure a proxy ...
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Windows 7 System Restore Log

Is there a way of determining which files and registry values were added\deleted\modified during a Windows 7 system restore? Maybe a log file?
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What to do with 6.7GB of logs from a http proxy used by someone to initiate attacks?

Background: I had experimented with nginx's proxy caching mechanisms one night to see if I could speed up a very slow website for a friend of mine -- this experiment went on late into the night, ...
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How do you enable syslogd to accept incoming connections on Snow Leopard from remote loggers?

How do I get syslogd to accept incoming connections from remote hosts on Snow Leopard? I'd like to centralize logging such that various devices and systems send logs to Snow Leopard's syslogd, ...
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Text / log editor with auto-refresh support

I'm looking for a text editor / log manager of some kind that will automatically refresh a file's contents when it changes. I have a single target log file (e.g. current.log) that is overwritten ...
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How can I find previous IP addresses my ISP assigned me?

I know my current IP address, but would like to see the one I had before that, and the one before that one, etc. to eliminate my IP addresses from web logs for at least the last 6 months. So, is it ...
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Windows XP: is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in the system event log?

Is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in Windows XP? I mean logging these events in the system event log. For example I can hack a jscript like this // this is log_startup.js var shell = ...
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How can I find out which user logged in as root?

We have a couple of servers which are managed by a large group of admins. They usually log in as service users (say hudson) and then switch to root to make some small fix. This means we often can't ...
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Good log colorizing script?

I'm looking for a script which I can pipe a log into, specifically the tail -f of a log, and it will colorize it. Log would be in syslog format but if there's a program that handles multiple formats ...
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How do I hide “Extra File” and “100%” lines from robocopy output?

I have a robocopy script to back up our Kiln repositories that runs nightly, which looks something like this: robocopy "$liveRepoLocation" "$cloneRepoLocation" /MIR /MT /W:3 /R:100 ...
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Remove first N lines from an active log file

Is there a way to remove the first N lines from a log that is being actively appended by an application?
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What does logger -f filename do?

The man page is ambiguously worded: -f file Log the specified file. There's one example in the man page with no further explanation: logger -p local0.notice -t HOSTIDM -f /dev/idmc POSIX is ...
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Tips for using vim as a log viewer

As a log viewer, which of vim's features are convenient? less -F is quite good. But I believe vim could be better if we knew its hidden features. * or # v//d g//d etc.. PS. I don't use ...
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Mac: What is /Users/PortDetect.log?

I have a file called /Users/PortDetect.log on my MacBook Pro, with contents like Wed Nov 25 18:22:42 2009 -- PortDetect started... Wed Nov 25 18:23:19 2009 -- PortDetect started... Who is making ...
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logrotate configuration and execution

I'm trying to configure logrotate to rotate and delete log files every day at midnight, but have never used it before. So: (a) I want to confirm that my configuration is correct, and (b) I need help ...
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What folder are installation logs in?

If an installer stores a log of the installation process, where would I find that log? If there is an installer that does not log the installation process, how can I make it do so?