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Re: dpkg.log

At 17:50 -0500 1998-12-31, Ben Collins wrote:
How would having packages send their install messages to
/var/log/dpkg.log sound? It's pretty easy for a maintainer to just add
'>> /var/log/dpkg.log' to the end of their output lines in postinst
This also wouldn't require dpkg to be modified, just a policy change.

How about using logger instead? This is less error prone than just appending to a file. It could be called thus:

logger -t "dpkg: postinst for bar" -p local7.info -- log some stuff

and would produce output such as:

Dec 31 15:35:49 cerberus dpkg: postinst for bar: log some stuff
Joel Klecker (aka Espy)                     <URL:http://web.espy.org/>
<URL:mailto:jk@espy.org>                  <URL:mailto:espy@debian.org>
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