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I have a Macbook Pro and I'm trying to get VPN from home to work. It refuse to work. I have turned on verbose logging, but how can I read the log ?

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up vote 17 down vote accepted

Whether you choose L2TP over IPSec or PPTP for your settings, the log file is located at:


If you want use terminal to view your log file you can do following:

vim /var/log/ppp.log

tail -f /var/log/ppp.log (if you want see end of file)

less /var/log/ppp.log (if your log file was huge and want to see page by page)

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Thanks, that is what I want. – Roland Bengtsson Feb 7 '11 at 8:06
For additional information on IPSec, use the built-in "syslog" command to query all logs for messages from the racoon key management daemon: syslog -k Facility -k Sender racoon – Asmus Feb 7 '11 at 14:54

For completeness, I'll add a way to view the log in the GUI: Open the Console utility, select Show Log List from the toolbar (if it isn't already shown), then select FILES > /private/var/log > ppp.log from the sidebar.

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