reboot record information

JJB Barbish3 at
Fri Feb 13 07:33:45 PST 2004

All reboot messages go to /var/log/messages. The message file is
archived, so just go the /var/log directory and look at your message
files and look for msgs before the boot msgs of that date.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of John
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 10:17 AM
To: freebsd-questions at
Subject: reboot record information

I was interested to find from a system mail this morning that my
system had been rebooted three days ago.  As far as I was aware, the
last reboot was about two months ago.
The following lines in /var/log/messages give me a clue that the
reboot happened after "Feb 10 02:51:52":

Feb 10 02:51:52 zurg inetd[608]: netbios-ns/udp: bind: Address
in use
[note: the "netbios-ns/udp" line is a system message that I get
every 10 minutes... haven't been able to figure that one out either]
Feb 10 03:02:37 zurg syslogd: kernel boot file is
Feb 10 03:02:37 zurg kernel: Copyright (c) 1992-2003 The FreeBSD

But there's no sign of what happened to cause the reboot, or how it
was done.  Is there another log file that would store this
information?  I am mostly concerned because I'm fairly certain this
reboot was not performed at the console: it was either a system
reaction to a problem, or somebody poking around where they
shouldn't be...

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