### Common parameters Lynis is started with at least one command, usually followed by one or more options. #### Example Commands | Command | Description | | audit system | Perform a system audit | | show commands | Show available Lynis commands | | show help | Provide a help screen | | show profiles | Display discovered profiles | | show settings | List all active settings from profiles | | show version | Display current Lynis version | The *show* command requires an up-to-date version of Lynis. #### Options | Option | Abbreviated | Description | | --auditor "Given name Surname" | | Assign an auditor name to the audit (report) | | --cronjob | | Run Lynis as cronjob (includes -c -Q) | | --debug | | Show debug information, useful for troubleshooting and development | | --help | -h | Shows valid parameters | | --man-page | | View man page | | --no-colors | | Do not use any colors | | --pentest | | Perform a penetration test scan (non-privileged) | | --quick | -Q | Don't wait for user input, except on errors | | --quiet | -q | Only show warnings (includes --quick, but doesn't wait) | | --reverse-colors | | Use a different color scheme for lighter backgrounds | | --verbose | | Show more screen output | **Tips** * If Lynis is not installed as package (with included man page), use **--man** or **nroff -man ./lynis.8** * For systems where the shell background is light, use **--nocolors** or **--reverse-colors** * Use command **show options** to see all available parameters of Lynis
During the audit process, Lynis will gather findings and other data points. This information is stored in the report file, which is by default **/var/log/lynis-report.dat**.