Efficiently Logging Your Linux Console Activities


Efficiently Logging Your Linux Console Activities

Working with the Linux console regularly demands a systematic approach to logging your activities. This practice isn’t just about keeping a record; it’s crucial for analyzing past actions and generating detailed reports. Here’s how you can achieve this with ease.

1. Understanding the `history` Command

Firstly, the Linux environment offers the `history` command, a handy tool to view your command history. However, it has a limitation: it only displays the commands, not their outputs. This is where the `script` command comes into play.

2. Harnessing the `script` Command for Comprehensive Logging

For a more robust logging solution, I prefer using:

script -a /path/to/file.log

As soon as you execute this command, it initiates a logging session, saving all console activities to the specified file. You’ll see a confirmation message:

Script started, file is /path/to/file.log

Now, every action in the console, including outputs, is being logged. This is invaluable for later review and reporting.

3. Finalizing Your Logging Session

To conclude your logging session, simply exit the console as you normally would. Upon exiting, you’ll notice a message:

Script done, file is /path/to/file.log

This message signifies that your logging is complete, and all your activities are safely stored in the specified log file.


With this method, you now have a comprehensive log of your console session, a resource that can prove invaluable for future reference and analysis. Happy logging! 😉