[arch-general] Where can I find the "boot" log to find out what failed on boot?

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 21:33:01 EDT 2009

On Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 3:29 PM, Dan McGee<dpmcgee at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 4:49 PM, David C.
> Rankin<drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com> wrote:
>> Listmates,
>>        Seems like a simple question, but I've searched /var/log and can't find a file that contains the boot history showing all the "fail" messages during boot. For some reason after the latest update, my i686 box showed a half dozen or so "fail" messages. I need to find the log of what died.
>>        The upside to this? This was my i686 box that would no longer start kde after the next-previous set of updates. Now kde4 starts fine again.
>>        Whatever failed can't be that critical because the box is functioning fine, but I still want to find out what failed. If the file is in /var/log, then I just flat missed it. I thought it would be daemons.log, but I found no fail messages.
> This might not actually be logged anywhere now that I think about it.
> To devs- am I wrong, or maybe we should add some syslog foo in here so
> this stuff is more easily traceable?
> I personally disable the VC on tty1 in inittab on all machines so that
> no console overwrites the boot screen.

Nope, not logged anywhere. Those messages, however, are arch messages.
The daemon itself that fails should write its output somewhere.

If you just want a list of what isn't running, you can always look
in... hmm whatever the dir is... /var/run/daemons I think, and compare
that to rc.conf.

syslogging this is acceptable if someone wants to supply a patch

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