How to make vim apply /var/log/messages syntax highlighting to other log files

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  • The vim editor does useful syntax highlighting when viewing the /var/log/messages system log, but doesn't apply this colorization to archived/copied messages files or other syslog-generated files like /var/log/secure & /var/log/cron. How can this be changed?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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