Upcoming Rsyslog Migration

Michael Terry michael.terry at canonical.com
Fri Jun 26 14:11:49 BST 2009

Hello, gentle Ubuntu developers!

As per the rsyslog migration spec [1], Ubuntu wants to migrate from good
ol' sysklogd to rsyslog.  Here's a heads up about changes this might
mean for other packages.

Notably, if your package works in a chroot but wants to be logged,
before you had to modify sysklogd to support your configuration.  Now
there's a cleaner way:  you just drop an rsyslog configuration file
in /etc/rsyslog.d.  The spec has example code for the chroot case [2].

If you want to do something extra fancy with rsyslog, there are sample
configs on their wiki page [3] and a man page about the config syntax

The actual migration has not been made yet, though the code is ready.
But the addition of a rsyslog config file doesn't need to block on that
work, as support for rsylsog would be useful even in the absence of the

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FoundationsTeam/Specs/Rsyslogd
[2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FoundationsTeam/Specs/Rsyslogd#Other%20packages
[3] http://wiki.rsyslog.com/index.php/Configuration_Samples
[4] http://linux.die.net/man/5/rsyslog.conf

mterry • Canonical

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