I accidentally removed the /var/log folder. What should I do?

I accidentally removed the whole /var/log folder and all its content. I don’t mind losing the old logs, but no new ones are being created. How can I solve this?

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June 3, 2022
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Hi @aljrico,

If you’ve removed only the folder /var/log, it’s fine. You’ll just need to recreate the folder with the proper permissions and ownership. I’ve just checked the perms on my end :

  1. drwxrwxr-x 12 root syslog 4096 Jun 3 06:25 /var/log

so you need to create it like that:

mkdir /var/log
chmod 775 /var/log
chown root:syslog /var/log