closelog - Linux


The closelog command is used to close the system log. It is typically called from a system initialization script, such as /etc/rc.local, to close the log before starting any user processes. This prevents any messages generated by user processes from being logged.




There are no options or flags for the closelog command.


To close the system log, run the following command:


Common Issues

One common issue that can occur when using the closelog command is that the log may not be closed properly. This can happen if the command is interrupted, such as by a power outage. If the log is not closed properly, it can cause problems for applications that rely on the log for debugging.


The closelog command can be integrated with other Linux commands and tools to perform automated tasks. For example, the following command can be used to close the system log and then restart the syslog daemon:

/etc/init.d/rsyslog restart

Related Commands

  • syslog: The syslog daemon is responsible for logging system messages.
  • logger: The logger command is used to send messages to the system log.

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