Bug#663587: bootlogd: Missing /etc/default/bootlogd file

Pierre Ynard linkfanel at yahoo.fr
Sat Feb 23 02:46:04 GMT 2019

retitle 663587 bootlogd: missing former /etc/default/bootlogd file confuses people

> bootlogd: Missing /etc/default/bootlogd file

We have a similar report found in #689992:

> I want to read the boot messages but, according to the wiki, there is
> no config file anymore. It seems that bootlogd runs as a service now.
> OK

bootlogd was split to its own package a while ago, which made
/etc/default/bootlogd obsolete:

> sysvinit-utils (2.88dsf-14) unstable; urgency=low
>   bootlogd has moved from sysvinit-utils to a separate bootlogd
>   package. If you wish to continue using bootlogd, please
>   install the bootlogd package. Note that the configuration file
>   /etc/default/bootlogd and its option BOOTLOGD_ENABLE no longer
>   exist; if you do not wish to run bootlogd, remove the bootlogd
>   package.
>  -- Josh Triplett <josh at joshtriplett.org>  Sun, 09 Oct 2011 01:50:15 -0700

So I think that the meaning of the original report here is that
they read in some documentation somewhere or expected to edit
/etc/default/bootlogd to enable bootlogd, and figured something was
wrong because that file didn't exist on their system.

So this would be a case of outdated documentation somewhere or
"according to the wiki", or maybe just old habits. As for the sysvinit
package, I don't see that the change was documented elsewhere than in
the changelog, but anyway it's a bit late for that. This can probably be

The second report in this thread seems unrelated and would be a case
similar to #768555.

Pierre Ynard

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