Where to look for System Error Messages
Posted on 2002-03-19
I've worked with UNIX as an end user of applications, but haven't really done much administration. I've inherited a system and want to know where I should look (files/directories) to see if there are any error, informational or warning messages being recorded. Can someone point me in the direction of all the places I should be looking?
What prompted this was trying to figure out why all three of my UNIX web servers running apache were not writing information to their access_log file. I "think" I may have figured that one out.. I believe there is a 2 gig file size limitation in UNIX and all three files on each server are the same size: 2147483647
If this is the case would there be some UNIX log file that would throw an error stating the the max file size had been reached? I just want to be able to look at messages from the OS level to see if the system is healthy.