How to configure your system to preserve system logs after a reboot
Log entries for the systemd-journald service, which is at the heart of the logging architecture in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), do not persist across reboots.
This means entries are wiped after a reboot, so you won't have historical data for analysis. However, with a little configuration, you can keep log entries even after a reboot.
Keep system journals after a reboot
The process involves creating a storage location (probably in
/var/log) and then editing the journald configuration to direct messages to that location.
Create a storage directory
First, create a journal directory under the
[server]$ sudo mkdir /var/log/journal
Edit the journald.conf file
Edit the file
/etc/systemd/journald.conf and set the Storage parameter to persistent (it is set to auto by default):
[server]$ sudo vim /etc/systemd/journald.conf [Journal] Storage=persistent [...]
Next, restart the systemd-journald service:
[server]$ systemctl restart systemd-journald
Reboot the server
Finally, reboot the server to confirm the persistence of entries by listing the
/var/log/journal content. You should have output that looks similar to this:
[server]$ ls /var/log/journal 75ab164a278e48be9cf80d80716a8cd9
The logging capabilities of systemd-journald are critical, but the default configuration does not preserve these logs. Having data to analyze is vital when troubleshooting or profiling your system. Use this simple configuration to keep your system journals for as long as you need them.
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