Logging is the process by which the system records what's going on - i.e. events, errors, warnings, and related information. Most apps provide details in log files, so the system logs help to debug problems.

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Does logcat dump debug logs while it isn't expressly running?

my android device reboots itself automatically sometimes,so i need to get a way to debug whats causing that. i know about logcat,but what about the debug msgs when logcat isnt running,does logcat ...
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Does access to logcat need root?

My device is already rooted, this is why I'm asking. Do you need root to monitor the logcat stream on the phone? If I ran the logcat command from within a Terminal on the phone, would that work?
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Where are log files located on Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I view and examine the Android log? My android (2.1) phone (a HTC Wildfire, if that matters) sometimes reboots without an apparent reason. Not extremely ...