LinuxLogFile format in Ubuntu 8.04

Douglas Gilbert dgilbert at
Sat Jun 21 19:46:49 UTC 2008

Dustin Kirkland wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 4:51 AM, Douglas Gilbert <dgilbert at> wrote:
>> Where is that format defined (from the start of line to
>> 'agpgart:' in this case)? Why was the square bracket enclosed
>> section added? What is it? [Seconds since boot up?]. What tools
>> can decode what is in the square brackets? Can the proforma part
>> of a log entry be user configured?.
>> The LinuxLogFile document could be enhanced by adding a section
>> to explain the log file output format.
> man 8 syslog.conf
> man 8 syslogd
> Those have some documentation on the matter and should get you started.

I guess that should be 'man 5 syslog.conf'. Neither of those
(and I did check them before sending the post) explains the
format of what appears in /var/log/messages and friends.

Doug Gilbert

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