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Re: Syslog file paths in 'metalog'? (#423299)

On Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 01:11:32PM -0500, Kris Deugau wrote:
> Christoph Haas wrote:
>> At work we are using syslog-ng a lot and it's very useful for a central
>> logging server. However I don't like the syntax because it's verbose and
>> typo-prone. So I was looking at metalog and seeing it orphaned I decided
>> to adopt it (#423299). I've started bringing the package into good shape
>> again. There is just an issue with the paths and files where metalog
>> writes syslog informaton to. The difference to the sysklogd...
>> sysklogd:
>> /var/log/mail.log
>> /var/log/mail.log.0
>> /var/log/mail.log.1.gz
>> /var/log/mail.log.2.gz
> Mmmh.  Strictly speaking, sysklogd logs mail to /var/log/mail.log, along 
> with duplicating (!!) much of the content to (IIRC) /var/log/messages and 
> /var/log/mail.{err,info,warn}. .0, .1.gz, etc are created by the 
> non-logrotate widget Debian uses for rotating system logs.
> In general, I would say as a sysadmin that any syslog daemon that does not 
> allow me to configure any given log facility and priority to (at least!) an 
> arbitrary file wherever I want it is inherently broken.

I think I agree to that. Thus I will request the removal of the package
until metalog will one day be more configurable and allow to mimic other
syslog daemons' file schemes.

Thanks you all for your feedback.

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