On ubuntu this file exists: /var/log/syslog.

However the same file does not appear on CentOS Distributions. What is the equivalent file on CentOS?


Red Hat family distributions (including CentOS and Fedora) use /var/log/messages and /var/log/secure where Debian-family distributions use /var/log/syslog and /var/log/auth.log.

Note that in newer Fedora (or RHEL/CentOS 7 if someone has gone out of their way to configure it this way), you may have no traditional syslog daemon running. In that case, the same data can be shown with journalctl (which defaults to producing text output in the syslog format).


I suggest search for Rsyslog

And fortunately, by default, Rsyslog service is automatically installed and should be running in CentOS/RHEL 7.

You can run this command about its status:

systemctl status rsyslog.service

There are useful information about files locations,its status and reference docs addresses.


In Red Hat Family distributions like CentOS and Fedora... instead of /etc/syslog.conf... it uses /etc/rsyslog.conf

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    Huh? Is this in addition to the accepted answer above, or are these now in lieu of the directories and files listed above. It's not exactly clear on what this answer means. Hint: Its okay to tell us EXACTLY what you mean. – zipzit Apr 16 '19 at 20:29

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