auparse_next_event - Linux


auparse_next_event parses the next event from an audit trail file. This command is primarily used to analyze logs generated by the Linux Audit Framework. It provides a structured representation of events, making it easier to extract useful information.


auparse_next_event [options] [audit_trail_file] [offset]


| Option | Description | Default |
| -d | Dump the serialized audit message in hex format | False |
| -e | Print event fields in text format | False |
| -f | Force output in text format | False |
| -h | Print help and exit | N/A |
| -j | Print event fields in JSON format | False |
| -s | Print event fields in short text format | False |


Basic Usage

Extract events from an audit trail file:

auparse_next_event -e audit.log

Dump events in hexadecimal format:

auparse_next_event -d audit.log

Advanced Usage

Parse a specific event from an offset:

auparse_next_event -e audit.log 1000

Extract events in JSON format:

auparse_next_event -j audit.log | jq '.'

Common Issues

Empty Output

If auparse_next_event produces no output, the audit trail file may be empty or corrupted. Verify the file’s integrity.

Invalid Format

If auparse_next_event reports an invalid format, the audit trail file may not be in a recognizable format. Check the file’s source and ensure it was generated by the Linux Audit Framework.


auparse_next_event can be used in conjunction with other commands for advanced analysis tasks:

  • grep: Filter events based on specific criteria
  • awk: Extract specific fields from events
  • jq: Parse JSON-formatted events

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