System Logging

8m 38s

In this lesson, you'll learn about the essentials of the Linux boot process including BIOS, the boot loader, the Linux kernel, and runlevels. Then you'll watch a demonstration that walks you through the Linux boot process.

Then we'll look at system logging, covering the syslog standard, facilities, and severities, syslog servers, logging rules, how to determine what files are used for which messages, how to generate your own log messages, and how to automatically rotate log files.

This lesson is part of the Linux Administration Bootcamp course, designed to get you up and running with Linux.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the key aspects of the Linux boot process
  • Learn how to carry out logging in Linux

Intended Audience

  • Anyone with basic knowledge of Linux who wants to learn more
  • Professionals who want to learn more about Linux to enhance their career prospects


This is an intermediate-level lesson so some knowledge of Linux is expected. If you're just starting out, then try our Linux Fundamentals lesson first.

About the Author
Jason Cannon, opens in a new tab
Founder, Linux Training Academy
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Jason is the founder of the Linux Training Academy as well as the author of "Linux for Beginners" and "Command Line Kung Fu." He has over 20 years of professional Linux experience, having worked for industry leaders such as Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, UPS, FireEye, and Nothing gives him more satisfaction than knowing he has helped thousands of IT professionals level up their careers through his many books and courses.

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