I’ve been searching for a way to save the output of the console when my Linux system boots up because
- I can’t spot errors fast enough at startup and
- I don’t notice errors on headless (no monitor) servers.
This shows a list of useful Linux log files, and I believe messages printed to the console at startup is stored in
/var/log/boot.log. Don’t bother with
bootlogd as described here as there are issues related to it.
To get these messages sent to your whenever the system reboots, one can use bootmail:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bootmail/ppa ## for ubuntu < 11.10 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install bootmail ## enter in email address sudo bootmail ## check
Make sure mail is set up for the root user.