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Re: Package install history - logs etc ?




On Mon 03 Dec 2018 at 12:01:51 (-0500), rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> On Monday, December 03, 2018 10:21:44 AM Brian wrote:
> > On Mon 03 Dec 2018 at 14:57:53 +0000, Curt wrote:
> > > On 2018-12-03, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx <rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > On Monday, December 03, 2018 06:02:05 AM Steve Kemp wrote:
> > > >> > Is there anywhere else I should look?
> > > >> > 
> > > >>   Take a look at /var/log/dpkg.log* too.
> > > > 
> > > > (I am not the OP.)  Is there a special tool to look at it -- I  tried
> > > > less and saw nothing, then cat which seemed to show binary gibberish
> > > > (nothing I could read).
> > > 
> > > The logs are gzipped periodically (gibberish for less).

Take a look at   man lesspipe   or   man lessfile. Evaluating this
command sets up a scheme for preprocessing the input to less, making
its direct use possible.

> > But not for zless.
> 
> Hmm, I might have found / committed a [p]ebkac, it now seems that, for 
> example:
> 
> cat /var/log/dpkg.log.* | less
> 
> ... works fine.  Not sure what I did wrong earlier.

Filenames of rotated and compressed logfiles look very like compressed
manpages. I think there are/have been circumstances where confusion
can lead to the former being processed as if the latter, amongst other
possibilities.

> (And they apparently are not gzipped (on my Wheezy system).

Check the contents of /etc/logrotate.d/dpkg perhaps.

Cheers,
David.