How to Install Logwatch on CentOS 6

Reading Time: < 1 minuteLogwatch is a Perl-based log management tool for analyzing, summarizing, and reporting on a server’s log files. It is most often used to send a short digest of server’s log activity to a system administrator. What are log files? Logs are application-generated files useful for tracking down and understanding what has happened in the past.
Pre-Flight Check
  • These instructions are intended specifically for installing the Logwatch on CentOS 6.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
Step 1: Install Logwatch
As a matter of best practice we’ll update our packages: yum -y update Then let’s install Logwatch and any required packages: yum -y install logwatch
Step 2: Configuration File Locations
Local Configuration Options can be found in: /etc/logwatch/conf/logwatch.conf Default Configuration Options can be found in: /usr/share/logwatch/default.conf/logwatch.conf It is best practice to leave the Default Configuration as is, and edit the Local Configuration option, which is under /etc as listed above.
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