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14.4. Manually gathering logs without SSH access to your host(s)

Manually gather logs in situations where must-gather or automated collection methods do not work.

If you do not have SSH access to your node, you can access the systems journal to investigate what is happening on your host.


  • Your OpenShift Container Platform installation must be complete.
  • Your API service is still functional.
  • You have system administrator privileges.


  1. Access journald unit logs under /var/log by running:

    $ oc adm node-logs --role=master -u kubelet
  2. Access host file paths under /var/log by running:

    $ oc adm node-logs --role=master --path=openshift-apiserver