How to remotely recover application logs?

We are trying to figure out if there is a built in way to remotely access the device’s log files. We would like to be able to fetch/dump logread content and access it to troubleshoot our devices when physical access is hard or impossible. We contemplated implementing a custom solution, but figured it would be better to ask here if Legato allows it natively. We have not found anything relevant in the documentation so far.

Anyone has an idea regarding this? Thanks!


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How about using ssh and/or scp?

Getting logs is not a problem when developing, when we have physical access to the device (ssh / scp). We just use logread, then either dump it in a text file and scp it or we just use logread and display it on screen. The issue is when the device is deployed at clients` sites and we lose USB/ssh/scp access. SSH/scp then cannot be used and we would like to get them OTA, since we have internet connectivity.

It’s my understanding that ssh can be used over the wireless internet if the iptables are set up for it. Entry needed would be similar to this existing entry for ssh over usb:

-A INPUT -i ecm0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 -j ACCCEPT

We decided not to expose the ssh port over the air for security reasons. Any other alternatives? The dropbear version we are running is not really up to date.

Well you could use ssh outbound from a shell script which requires no changes to iptables. If that’s not acceptable either, we have an app on the WP7700 which reads from a UART and sends to a remote server, you could do something similar to read the log files.

root@swi-mdm9x28-wp:~# ip route
default via dev rmnet_data0 dev rmnet_data0 proto kernel scope link src dev ecm0 proto kernel scope link src dev bridge0 proto kernel scope link src
root@swi-mdm9x28-wp:~# ssh
Host ‘’ is not in the trusted hosts file.
(ssh-rsa fingerprint md5 6e:cd:53:4f:75:a1:e8:5b:63:74:32:4f:0c:85:05:17)
Do you want to continue connecting? (y/n) y’s password:’s password:
ssh: Connection to exited: Interrupted.


What about enabling remote logs in /etc/syslog-startup.conf ? You can use an own log manegment server our use a cloud one like papertrail & co. They might be not free but they have some really great features and for storing the log from a few devices/test phase should not break the bank.

You still have to enable the Otbound UDP 514 port in firewall (I think it is the default ) As far as I know syslog can send the log only in one direction ( buffer, file, remote) so if you enable remote logging you cannot use logread command anymore. But please check this, if it is still so.

Please let us know if you make some progress or find a solution.


Yeah we considered doing that. One question though, if we sync with a remote server, won’t that eat up all of our mobile data? Or is it possible to only do it on request? We have about 2MB / month currently, which is not much. We considered also writing to a circular buffer on the flash memory but we are worried about the flash life expectancy.