/var/log Directory: Explained
Contains log files
/var/log directory in Linux is a system directory that contains log files for various system services and applications. Log files are used to record events and actions that
occur on a Linux system, and are commonly used for troubleshooting and monitoring purposes.
/var/log directory contains several files and subdirectories that are specific to different services and applications. Some common files and subdirectories include:
/var/log/messages: This file contains log files for system-wide messages and events.
/var/log/syslog: This file contains log files for system log messages.
/var/log/auth.log: This file contains log files for authentication events and messages.
/var/log/cron: This file contains log files for cron daemon.
/var/log/daemon.log: This file contains log files for system daemons.
/var/log/kern.log: This file contains log files for kernel messages
/var/log/user.log: This file contains log files for user-level messages.
/var/log/nginx: This directory contains log files for web server related messages.
It's worth noting that the location of the log files may vary depending on the Linux distribution. Also, some log files may be rotated, compressed and deleted by
logrotate service to keep them from growing indefinitely and taking up too much disk space.