Locate log files

A common response on the mailing lists to a posted question is: "What do your server logs say?" Locating the server's log files can be troublesome, depending on your configuration. If the SystemLog configuration directive is in effect, you know exactly where the server's log file is. If not, then by default the server uses syslog for logging. The location of syslog'd log files is set in your system's /etc/syslog.conf file. You may need to read your system's man pages for syslog.conf or syslogd to understand the format of that file. Note that the server will log using a syslog facility of daemon for most of its messages; during authentication, messages are logged using the authpriv facility.