Is there a way how we can capture all the console messages to a file that are coming from different applications in linux.

  • Define 'different applications'. Shell is an application, do you want to capture command prompt too? – gronostaj Jun 26 '15 at 21:31
  • I am working on a embedded linux device and will have applications like multimedia, network or user apps that will keep printing their logs on to console and I want to redirect or have copy of all the logs that come on to console into a file. – Reddy Jun 26 '15 at 23:02

in /etc/syslog.conf or /etc/rsyslog.conf add something like below

usually syslog or rsyslog.

*.*                                    -/var/log/allmessages

more advanced options available

# => all acpid messages for debuging (uncomment if needed):
if     ($programname == 'acpid' or $syslogtag == '[acpid]:') then \

Using rsyslog you can even log to mysql database.

This can be dangerous as you can fill your hard drive/storage and crash your OS if you don't delete them at some point.

  • I already tried with syslog.conf change but it did not work for me. Might be due to busy box version of syslogd do not have that support. Also I tried with below which did not work, # Log all writes to /dev/console to a separate file. console.* /var/log/console.log – Reddy Jul 2 '15 at 18:35
  • @Reddy Did you add your rule at the very top of the syslog.conf or the bottom? If you added to the end no messages will reach that point. – cybernard Jul 5 '15 at 14:30
  • I have added it at the top of file. kern.debug /logs/kernel.log . /logs/sys.log But its not working. I did not see any kernel.log but I can see logs in sys.log which will only contain logs from different modules but nothing from kernel or console. – Reddy Jul 6 '15 at 20:26
  • using rsyslogd instead syslogd solved the problem for me. Due to some reason syslogd was not working as per the rules defined. – Reddy Oct 6 '15 at 14:20

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