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Re: Followup: Syslog

On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 03:21:54PM +0200, Joost van Baal wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 12:45:59AM +0200, Kenneth Vestergaard Schmidt wrote:
> > 
> > I forgot to include this in my original post: Why do I hear from everybody 
> > that sysklogd is unreliable? And is there /any/ logger that is reliable? Is 
> > so, which?
> multilog ( http://cr.yp.to/daemontools/multilog.html ), packaged with
> Daniel Bernstein's daemontools, is pretty reliable I believe.  Unfortunately, 
> it lacks a free license.  However, looking at it might be inspiring when 
> working on a logger.

a few things that are mildly annoying about multilog, 
  *  each service using multilog gets its own logfile. this means no
     centralized place to look for logs (cf: /var/log/messages or

  *  there is no easy way to tell multilog to keep all logs (you can
     tell it to keep 9999 log files, but if you hit 10000, it will
     delete the oldest to keep the limit at 9999)

  *  i have not found a way to get it to automatically zip up an older
     logfile. this is not to say it cannot be done, and i must admit: i
     have not tried very hard

  *  you cannot tell multilog when to rotate the logs. multilog rotates
     per file size. so each multilog process may rotate at different times

syslog may have its problems (memory outages, power outages, disk
outages) but mutilog has its problems, too.


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