How to move SM5200 Logging to the Export Drive/Directory


The steps detailed in the resolution of this article may result in a loss of critical data if not performed properly. Before beginning these steps, make sure all important data is backed up in the event of data loss. If you are unsure, please contact Product Support Services prior to attempting the procedure below.


The resolution of this article has many complex steps that may result in unforeseen results if not performed correctly. If you are at all unfamiliar with the requirements, please contact Product Support Services for assistance.


SM Logging

Product Line

Pelco Video Management




System Logging



  1. Perform a SM5200 backup using LL#9145.
  2. Update to SM5200 version
  3. SSH into the SM5200 and move any logging to the Export drive(s).


  4. To validate the logs are being written to the Export drive(s).

    cd /Export/var/log/

    ll (Those are lower case L's). The column highlighted below should reflect the current date.

  5. Use the below to restore logging to the solid state drives if needed.

    /root/.DONOTRUN/ home

Option#2 For SM5200 version 1.5.0 and lower

Run the following commands:

1. mkdir /Export/var

2. mkdir /Export/var/log

3. mkdir /Export/var/log/pelco

4. mkdir /Export/var/log/pelco/sal

5. chown pelco /Export/var/log/pelco/sal

6. mv /var/log/pelco/sal /var/log/pelco/sal_orig

7. ln -s /Export/var/log/pelco/sal /var/log/pelco/sal

8. chown -R pelco /var/log/pelco/sal

9. mkdir /Export/var/log/httpd

10. touch /Export/var/log/httpd

11. chown -R pelco /Export/var

12. service pal3d stop

13. service service-accessd stop

14. service cerberusd stop

15. service hydrad stop

16. service httpd stop

17. Change the following line in /usr/local/Pelco/PAL3/src/

Change /var/log/pal.log to /Export/var/log/pal.log

18. Change the following line in /etc/rsyslog.conf:

Change both instances of /var/log/messages to /Export/var/log/messages within this file.

19. Change the following lines in /etc/rsyslog.conf:

Change /var/log/cerberus.log to /Export/var/log/cerberus.log, and /var/log/hydra.log to /Export/var/log/hydra.log, and /var/log/systemlogger.log to /Export/var/log/systemlogger.log

20. Change the following line in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf:

Change ErrorLog logs/error_log to ErrorLog /Export/var/log/httpd/error_log

21. killall -HUP rsyslogd

22. service httpd start

23. service systemloggerd start

24. service hydrad start

25. service cerberusd start

26. service service-accessd start

27. service rsyslogd restart

28. service pal3d start