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KB-42660: How to change the path /var/log/message to a different path/folder in Rhel/Centos/Fedora

Auditing and Monitoring Service ,   Authentication Service ,   PC Auditing and Monitoring Service ,  

19 October,20 at 02:13 PM

Question: How do I redirect the system log file(s) stored in "/var/log/messages" to a different path/folder?


1.    Create a directory where you would like the logs to be written to.

# mkdir /tmp/Centrifylog

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2.     In the rsyslog configuation file “/etc/rsyslog.conf”, replace the “/var/log/messages” with the new directory name. For example, replace the /var/log (path) below to the created folder/path called     

Before (example): 

*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none                /var/log/messages

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After (example): 

*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none                /tmp/Centrifylog/messages

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3.    Restart the rsyslog service.

# service rsyslog restart           ### CentOS/Fedora/RHEL 6

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# systemctl restart rsyslog       ### CentOS/Fedora/RHEL 7

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