I have various environment on CentOS, the hosts on CentOS7+ all come with journalctl command so if I need to view system log I can do so.

However on another box it is CentOS6.6, I get error of the command is not found.

Can anyone enlighten on how to check log in CentOS6.6 without journalctl? or how to install/enable journalctl?

Thank you very much.


There is no journalctl in CentOS 6 because it's too old.

CentOS 6 was released in 2010, and systemd was first released in 2011.

You can find system logs in various files in the /var/log directory. By default most system logs will be in /var/log/messages with certain security-related logs appearing instead in /var/log/secure.

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