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How To use syslog?

Posted by Rudolf 
How To use syslog?
September 18, 2010 11:31AM

I want to use in Debian Squeeze the utility logger in a shell script, but it does not work.
Also I found no file /var/log/syslog.

I have seen 2 possible solutions:
1. busybox syslogd
2. Debian package syslog-ng

But I have not found any installation directives. It should not conflict with /var/log/messages.
I have seen in "ps-A" no klogd and syslogd by the way. How is the logging done?

Regards, Rudolf
Re: How To use syslog?
September 19, 2010 10:27AM
It´s not done ;)
System install with debootstrap is absolutely minimal.

Try the package rsyslog. It´s the syslog daemon currently used.

If you want a debian standard install:

apt-get install tasksel-data
tasksel install standard

You can see the standard packages here: http://wiki.debian.org/tasksel

Re: How To use syslog?
September 19, 2010 11:29AM
I installed the package busybox-syslogd on my DockStar. It provides a very lightweight syslog built into busybox. It doesn't write to /var/log/syslog, just keeps the log in memory, which you can examine with the "logread" command.
Re: How To use syslog?
September 19, 2010 01:11PM
Hello Matt,

Tank you for the hints, especially "It´s not done ;) "

I have installed package rsyslog and watching it.

I just have a concern about wearing the USB-Stick. Let's see.

Regards, Rudolf
Re: How To use syslog?
September 19, 2010 01:18PM
Hello ecc,

Thank you for reporting about the package busybox-syslogd. I was not aware, that such a package exists.

If rsyslog is too verbose, I will switch to busybox-syslogd.

Regards, Rudolf

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