SYSLOG.CONF(5)             Linux System Administration            SYSLOG.CONF(5)

       syslog.conf - syslogd(8) configuration file

       The syslog.conf file is the main configuration file for the syslogd(8)
       which logs system messages on *nix systems.  This file specifies rules
       for logging.  For special features see the sysklogd(8) manpage.

       Every rule consists of two fields, a selector field and an action field.
       These two fields are separated by one or more spaces or tabs.  The
       selector field specifies a pattern of facilities and priorities belonging
       to the specified action.

       Lines starting with a hash mark (``#'') and empty lines are ignored.

       This release of syslogd is able to understand an extended syntax.  One
       rule can be divided into several lines if the leading line is terminated
       with an backslash (``\'').

       The selector field itself again consists of two parts, a facility and a
       priority, separated by a period (``.'').  Both parts are case insensitive
       and can also be specified as decimal numbers, but don't do that, you have
       been warned.  Both facilities and priorities are described in syslog(3).
       The names mentioned below correspond to the similar LOG_-values in

       The facility is one of the following keywords: auth, authpriv, cron,
       daemon, ftp, kern, lpr, mail, mark, news, security (same as auth),
       syslog, user, uucp and local0 through local7.  The keyword security
       should not be used anymore and mark is only for internal use and
       therefore should not be used in applications.  Anyway, you may want to
       specify and redirect these messages here.  The facility specifies the
       subsystem that produced the message, i.e. all mail programs log with the
       mail facility (LOG_MAIL) if they log using syslog.

       In most cases anyone can log to any facility, so we rely on convention
       for the correct facility to be chosen.  However, generally only the
       kernel can log to the "kern" facility.  This is because the
       implementation of openlog() and syslog() in glibc does not allow logging
       to the "kern" facility.  Klogd circumvents this restriction when logging
       to syslogd by reimplementing those functions itself.

       The priority is one of the following keywords, in ascending order: debug,
       info, notice, warning, warn (same as warning), err, error (same as err),
       crit, alert, emerg, panic (same as emerg).  The keywords warn, error and
       panic are deprecated and should not be used anymore.  The priority
       defines the severity of the message

       The behavior of the original BSD syslogd is that all messages of the
       specified priority and higher are logged according to the given action.
       This syslogd(8) behaves the same, but has some extensions.

       In addition to the above mentioned names the syslogd(8) understands the
       following extensions: An asterisk (``*'') stands for all facilities or
       all priorities, depending on where it is used (before or after the
       period).  The keyword none stands for no priority of the given facility.

       You can specify multiple facilities with the same priority pattern in one
       statement using the comma (``,'') operator.  You may specify as many
       facilities as you want.  Please note that only the facility part from
       such a statement is taken, a priority part would be skipped.

       Multiple selectors may be specified for a single action using the
       semicolon (``;'') separator.  Please note that each selector in the
       selector field is capable of overwriting the preceding ones.  Using this
       behavior you can exclude some priorities from the pattern.

       This syslogd(8) has a syntax extension to the original BSD source, which
       makes its use more intuitive.  You may precede every priority with an
       equation sign (``='') to specify that syslogd should only refer to this
       single priority and not this priority and all higher priorities.

       You may also precide the priority with an exclamation mark (``!'') if you
       want syslogd to ignore this priority and all higher priorities.  You may
       even use both, the exclamation mark and the equation sign if you want
       syslogd to ignore only this single priority.  If you use both extensions
       than the exclamation mark must occur before the equation sign, just use
       it intuitively.

       The action field of a rule describes the abstract term ``logfile''.  A
       ``logfile'' need not to be a real file, btw.  The syslogd(8) provides the
       following actions.

   Regular File
       Typically messages are logged to real files.  The file has to be
       specified with full pathname, beginning with a slash ``/''.

       You may prefix each entry with the minus ``-'' sign to omit syncing the
       file after every logging.  Note that you might lose information if the
       system crashes right behind a write attempt.  Nevertheless this might
       give you back some performance, especially if you run programs that use
       logging in a very verbose manner.

   Named Pipes
       This version of syslogd(8) has support for logging output  to named pipes
       (fifos).  A fifo or named pipe can be used as a destination for log
       messages by prepending a pipe symbol (``|'') to the name of the file.
       This is handy for debugging.  Note that the fifo must be created with the
       mkfifo(1) command  before syslogd(8) is started.

   Terminal and Console
       If the file you specified is a tty, special tty-handling is done, same
       with /dev/console.

   Remote Machine
       This syslogd(8) provides full remote logging, i.e. is able to send
       messages to a remote host running syslogd(8) and to receive messages from
       remote hosts.  The remote host won't forward the message again, it will
       just log them locally.  To forward messages to another host, prepend the
       hostname with the at sign (``@'').

       Using this feature you're able to control all syslog messages on one
       host, if all other machines will log remotely to that.  This tears down
       administration needs.

   List of Users
       Usually critical messages are also directed to ``root'' on that machine.
       You can specify a list of users that shall get the message by simply
       writing the username.  You may specify more than one user by separating
       the usernames with commas (``,'').  If they're logged in they will
       receive the log messages.

   Everyone logged on
       Emergency messages often go to all users currently online to notify them
       that something strange is happening with the system.  To specify this
       wall(1)-feature use an asterisk (``*'').

       Here are some example, partially taken from a real existing site and
       configuration.  Hopefully they rub out all questions on the
       configuration, if not, drop me (Joey) a line.

              # Store critical stuff in critical
              *.=crit;kern.none            /var/adm/critical

       This will store all messages with the priority crit in the file
       /var/adm/critical, except for any kernel message.

              # Kernel messages are first, stored in the kernel
              # file, critical messages and higher ones also go
              # to another host and to the console
              kern.*                       /var/adm/kernel
              kern.crit                    @finlandia
              kern.crit                    /dev/console
    ;kern.!err          /var/adm/kernel-info

       The first rule directs any message that has the kernel facility to the
       file /var/adm/kernel.  (But recall that only the kernel itself can log to
       this facility.)

       The second statement directs all kernel messages of the priority crit and
       higher to the remote host finlandia.  This is useful, because if the host
       crashes and the disks get irreparable errors you might not be able to
       read the stored messages.  If they're on a remote host, too, you still
       can try to find out the reason for the crash.

       The third rule directs these messages to the actual console, so the
       person who works on the machine will get them, too.

       The fourth line tells the syslogd to save all kernel messages that come
       with priorities from info up to warning in the file /var/adm/kernel-info.
       Everything from err and higher is excluded.

              # The tcp wrapper logs with, we display
              # all the connections on tty12
              mail.=info                   /dev/tty12

       This directs all messages that uses (in source LOG_MAIL |
       LOG_INFO) to /dev/tty12, the 12th console.  For example the tcpwrapper
       tcpd(8) uses this as its default.

              # Store all mail concerning stuff in a file
              mail.*;mail.!=info           /var/adm/mail

       This pattern matches all messages that come with the mail facility,
       except for the info priority.  These will be stored in the file

              # Log all and messages to info
              mail,news.=info              /var/adm/info

       This will extract all messages that come either with or with and store them in the file /var/adm/info.

              # Log info and notice messages to messages file
                   mail.none  /var/log/messages

       This lets the syslogd log all messages that come with either the info or
       the notice priority into the file /var/log/messages, except for all
       messages that use the mail facility.

              # Log info messages to messages file
                   mail,news.none       /var/log/messages

       This statement causes the syslogd to log all messages that come with the
       info priority to the file /var/log/messages.  But any message coming
       either with the mail or the news facility will not be stored.

              # Emergency messages will be displayed using wall
              *.=emerg                     *

       This rule tells the syslogd to write all emergency messages to all
       currently logged in users.  This is the wall action.

              # Messages of the priority alert will be directed
              # to the operator
              *.alert                      root,joey

       This rule directs all messages with a priority of alert or higher to the
       terminals of the operator, i.e. of the users ``root'' and ``joey'' if
       they're logged in.

              *.*                          @finlandia

       This rule would redirect all messages to a remote host called finlandia.
       This is useful especially in a cluster of machines where all syslog
       messages will be stored on only one machine.

       Syslogd uses a slightly different syntax for its configuration file than
       the original BSD sources.  Originally all messages of a specific priority
       and above were forwarded to the log file.  The modifiers ``='', ``!''
       and ``-'' were added to make the syslogd more flexible and to use it in a
       more intuitive manner.

       The original BSD syslogd doesn't understand spaces as separators between
       the selector and the action field.

              Configuration file for syslogd
       The effects of multiple selectors are sometimes not intuitive.  For
       example ``mail.crit,*.err'' will select ``mail'' facility messages at the
       level of ``err'' or higher, not at the level of ``crit'' or higher.
       sysklogd(8), klogd(8), logger(1), syslog(2), syslog(3).
       The syslogd is taken from BSD sources, Greg Wettstein
       <> performed the port to Linux, Martin Schulze
       <> fixed some bugs, added several new features and took
       over maintenance.

Version 1.3                     30 November 2006                  SYSLOG.CONF(5)