on a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 x64 Server droplet /var/log/syslog is empty and no entries are added. file ownership is root.root, after changing this to syslog.adm everything works fine. messages is also owned by root.root. is this a bug? (and is this the correct place for feedback)?
also there is a file called “mail.*” (including the asterisk) in /var/log which seems wrong.
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