Server Log Files
Server log files contain informational messages about the kernel, applications, and services running on a system. These files can be very useful for troubleshooting and debugging system-level issues. DBAs often look in the system log files as a first step in diagnosing server issues. Even if you’re working with competent SAs, you can still save time and gain valuable insights into the root cause of a problem by inspecting these log files.
This appendix covers managing Linux and Solaris log files. You’ll learn about the basic information contained in the log files and the tools available to rotate the logs.