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SYSLOGD(8) OpenBSD System Manager's Manual SYSLOGD(8)
syslogd - log systems messages
syslogd [-du] [-f config_file] [-m mark_interval] [-a path] [-p
Syslogd reads and logs messages to the system console, log files, other
machines and/or users as specified by its configuration file. The op-
tions are as follows:
-d Enable debugging to the standard output, and do not disassociate
from the controlling terminal.
Specify the pathname of an alternate configuration file; the de-
fault is /etc/syslog.conf.
Select the number of minutes between ``mark'' messages; the de-
fault is 20 minutes.
-u Select the historical ``insecure'' mode, in which syslogd will
accept input from the UDP port. Some software wants this, but
you can be subjected to a variety of attacks over the network,
including attackers remotely filling logs.
Specify the pathname of an alternate log socket to be used in-
stead; the default is /dev/log.
Specify a location where syslogd should place an additional log
socket. Up to about 20 additional logging sockets can be speci-
fied. The primary use for this is to place additional log sock-
ets in /dev/log of various chroot filespaces.
Syslogd reads its configuration file when it starts up and whenever it
receives a hangup signal. For information on the format of the configu-
ration file, see syslog.conf(5).
Syslogd opens an Internet domain socket as specified in /etc/services.
Normally syslogd will only use this socket to send messages outwards, but
in `insecure'' mode it will also read messages from this socket. Syslogd
also opens and reads messages from the UNIX domain socket /dev/log, and
from the special device /dev/klog (to read kernel messages).
Syslogd creates the file /var/run/syslog.pid, and stores its process id
there. This can be used to kill or reconfigure syslogd.
The message sent to syslogd should consist of a single line. The message
can contain a priority code, which should be a preceding decimal number
in angle braces, for example, `<5.>' This priority code should map into
the priorities defined in the include file <sys/syslog.h>.
/etc/syslog.conf The configuration file.
/var/run/syslog.pid The process id of current syslogd.
/dev/log Name of the UNIX domain datagram log socket.
/dev/klog The kernel log device.
logger(1), syslog(3), services(5), syslog.conf(5)
The syslogd command appeared in 4.3BSD.
4.2 Berkeley Distribution June 6, 1993 2
Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
(Corrections, notes, and links courtesy of RocketAware.com)
FreeBSD Sources for syslogd(8)
OpenBSD sources for syslogd(8)
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