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explain_syslog - explain syslog messages

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NAME

explain_syslog - explain syslog messages

SYNOPSIS

explain_syslog [ -b begin_time ] [ -e end_time ]
 
[ -m message_file | -M ] [ -C catalog_dir ] [ -h ] [ -d ]

DESCRIPTION

The explain_syslog command reads the specified message file (defaults to stdin), which should be in the format produced by the syslogd daemon. For each line that matches a message documented in the message catalog, explain_syslog prints an explanation, including probable cause and recommended action.

OPTIONS

-b begin_time
Ignore messages with timestamps prior to begin_time. See "Timestamps."
-C catalog_dir
Use the message catalog in catalog_dir. The default is /etc/ppc64-diag/message_catalog.
-d
Print debugging output on stderr.
-e end_time
Ignore messages with timestamps after end_time. See "Timestamps."
-h
Print help text and exit.
-m message_file
Read syslog messages from the specified file instead of stdin.
-M
Read syslog messages from system default location.

TIMESTAMPS

The following timestamp formats are recognized by explain_syslog:
 
month day [ year ] [ hh:mm[:ss]] — e.g., Feb 12 2010 14:30
 
month day hh:mm[:ss] [ year ]
 
day month [ year ] [ hh:mm[:ss]] — e.g., 12 Feb 14:30
 
day month hh:mm[:ss] [ year ]
 
year-month-day [ hh:mm[:ss]] — e.g., 2010-2-12 14:30:00
If no year is specified, explain_syslog assumes that the timestamp is from the prior 12 months. If no hh:mm is specified, explain_syslog assumes 00:00:00.

AUTHOR

Written by Jim Keniston (jkenisto@us.ibm.com). Conversion of format strings to regular expressions (for matching syslog messages to catalog entries) written by Jesse Larrew (jlarrew@us.ibm.com).

FILES

/etc/ppc64-diag/message_catalog/* — message catalog

SEE ALSO

syslog_to_servicelog(8), syslog(3)
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