A real-time log viewer

It’s very useful, when testing things, to have syslog messages appear in real-time on the screen. This way there is no need to check /var/log/messages all the time.

It’s really simple to set up something like this. You only need to append the following line to your /etc/syslog.conf:

*.*                /dev/tty9

Remember to use tabs instead of spaces. Then save and restart the syslog service:

# service syslog restart

From now on, by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F9 you can watch all the info that goes to syslog in real-time.

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About George Notaras

George Notaras is the editor of the G-Loaded Journal, a technical blog about Free and Open-Source Software. George, among other things, is an enthusiast self-taught GNU/Linux system administrator. He has created this web site to share the IT knowledge and experience he has gained over the years with other people. George primarily uses CentOS and Fedora. He has also developed some open-source software projects in his spare time.