SUMMARY [Capturing disk error messages to syslog]

From: Richard Zinar (
Date: Fri Jan 22 1999 - 08:30:12 CST

   My apologies for the very late summary. Below is my original
   question, followed by a pair of responses. Thanks to
   Rachel Polanskis and Arthur Lehmann for their suggestions.

   Original Post:

      Recently, one of our hard drives (SS/20, Solaris 2.5.1) was
      writing sporadic "Disk not responding to selection" messages (along
      with a device name) to the console. Is it possible to capture
      these messages using syslog, so I can remotely check for them?
      The messages didn't appear in /var/adm/messages or /var/log/syslog
      using the default /etc/syslog.conf file.
      Along the same lines, I'd like to capture disk sector read error
      messages - the kind which appear when a bad sector on the disk
      is read. Again, these messages appear on the console, but don't
      appear to be logged to the usual places ...

   From Arthur A. Lehmann <>

      You can do lots of things with syslogd, I have ours configured
      not only to report ALL messages to a designated "loghost" but also
      have things like my HP printers configured to report paper jams and
      the like, not to mention other "network" syslogd aware devices. I
      have an extensive setup for syslogd and can share it with you if you
      like which includes sending messages real time to our Network Management
      platform tools. To answer your initial question, try this line in your
     /etc/syslog.conf file.

             *.debug /var/adm/messages

      You must have at least ONE tab character as the white-space delimiter.
      After your edit send a SIG-HUP to the syslogd daemon and watch your
     /var/adm/messages file fill up ...

   From Rachel Polanskis <>

      I do this:

         # vi /etc/syslog.conf
         daemon.debug;kern.debug /var/log/debug

      Note the spaces are tabs! Touch /var/log/debug as root and
      restart syslogd after editing ...

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