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This test case tests if system logging is available, enabled by default and working as expected.


  1. Ensure that Package-x-generic-16.pngrsyslog packages is installed.

How to test

  1. Switch to root user: su -
  2. Check if rsyslog service is running and enabled at boot: systemctl status rsyslog.service
  3. Check if system logging facility is working (tail can be replaced with less in the following):
    1. tail /var/log/messages
    2. tail /var/log/secure

Expected Results

  1. rsyslog must be running and active at boot, the output of systemctl should be like:
    # systemctl status rsyslog.service
    rsyslog.service - System Logging Service
    	  Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/rsyslog.service)
    	  Active: active (running) since Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:12:31 +0100; 23min ago
    	 Process: 576 ExecStartPre=/bin/systemctl stop systemd-kmsg-syslogd.service (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
    	Main PID: 613 (rsyslogd)
    	  CGroup: name=systemd:/system/rsyslog.service
    		  └ 613 /sbin/rsyslogd -n -c 5
  2. Log files should not be empty.
  3. The last entries in logs should correspond to the current date and time.