Use logwatch on Ubuntu

GIT logoLogwatch is an application that helps with simple log management by daily analysing and reporting a short digest from activities taking place on your machine. In this post a short manual for installing logwatch on your ubuntu box.

Install logwatch

sudo apt-get install logwatch

Configure logwatch

Edit the configuration file to suit your needs. Especially have a look at the “MailTo”, “MailFrom” and “Detail”.


After logwatch processes the file above at default.conf the file /usr/share/logwatch/dist.conf/logwatch.conf  is being processed. Settings in here will override the settings in default.conf! You most likely want to comment out the line that reads

MailFrom = root

After installation an entry is added to /etc/crond.daily/00logwatch

To execute logwatch from the commandline execute:

/usr/sbin/logwatch --output mail

Mail from logwatch not reaching you? Check your spam folder 🙂


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