In a production environment there should be no silent failures. AIX
has an excellent centralized error reporting facility whose messages
are viewed using the
errpt command. Compared to other logging
sources like syslog, the messages in errpt are of much higher quality
and low volume. They are worth reviewing!
Logs always suffer from inattention if they must be checked manually so here's a simple way to email errpt entries to yourself in real time as soon as they happen. This method has two components, forwarding root's email and then using the errdaemon ODM to make errdaemon email any new log entries when they are created.