As mentioned in my previous Solaris related post, I’ve recently started using Solaris.
What I didn’t mention is that I briefly use Oracle Solaris 11 11/11, but quickly went to OpenIndiana. I personally did not like the way Oracle is doing things. Plus the added benefit of KVM and some extra goodies here and there.
I will now show you one of the neat things that will probably never make it into Oracle Solaris.
This little switch for svcs will print the logs for each service. Normally you need to use -x to then manually extract the path from the output.
Say you want to view the log for the build in SMB server, all you need to do on a Illumos based distribution is the following.
less `svcs -L smb/server`
This you can drive this further (get the 10 most recent touched log files, including the ones from zones):
ls -tal `svcs -LZ` | head -10
To quote Bryan M. Cantrill “Small tools doing well defined things.”, this is why I love UNIX.
If you didn’t know about this already, you will love this! If you did know about it, you already love this!