How to move Iptables logs to user defined log file.

Iptables logs are generated in /var/log/messages, so its getting difficult to check other messages from /var/log/messages as iptables generates a huge bulk of logs.

For moving iptables log to different directory, we have to do changes in following configuration files.
1.) /etc/syslog.conf
In the above file append the following line.
kern.warning                                            /home/log/iptables.log

Also make changes in syslog.conf file as shown below ..

# Log anything (except mail) of level info or higher.

# Don’t log private authentication messages!
*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none         /var/log/messages


# Log anything (except mail) of level info or higher.
# Don’t log private authentication messages!
*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none;kernel.warning         /var/log/messages

Now just restart the syslogd daemon.

[root@gateway ~]# /etc/init.d/syslog restart
Shutting down kernel logger:                                [  OK  ]
Shutting down system logger:                               [  OK  ]
Starting system logger:                                         [  OK  ]
Starting kernel logger:                                          [  OK  ]

You can now see all iptables message logged to /home/log/iptables.log file:
[root@gateway ~]# tailf /home/log/iptables.log
Oct  4 00:33:06 gateway last message repeated 2 times
Oct  4 00:33:06 gateway kernel: IN=eth1 OUT=


About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in Iono,Inc as Cloud Solutions Architect. I have around 8 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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