[ubuntu-uk] Log File Question

Paul Waring paul at xk7.net
Sun Sep 18 11:49:13 UTC 2016

On 18/09/16 12:37, Nigel Verity wrote:
> I have 4 machines with a similar Ubuntu configuration. On one of them a
> particular application (Gambas IDE) takes about a minute to fire up
> while on the others around 3 seconds is the norm. All other applications
> start normally on the offending machine, so it would not appear to be a
> system-wide issue.
> Running the executable from the command line doesn't produce any
> messages to show what might be going on. I've looked at all the log
> files I can find and there is nothing relating to the launching of the
> gambas3 executable. It's quite possible, of course, that I have missed
> the relevant log file.
> I'd appreciate some advice about which log file ought to give me some
> information and/or perhaps a way of starting the application which
> forces the generation of detailed log messages.

Most things get logged to /var/log/syslog, so that should be your first
port of call after checking any application-specific log files.

If you want to start an application with more detailed log messages, you
can usually add one or more -v arguments, e.g.

gedit -vvv

Not all programs support this though - it's more common for command line
programs than those with a graphical interface.

Paul Waring
Freelance consultant

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