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Re: changing the default syslog daemon for lenny?

Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org> writes:

> Debian Edu will be switching its syslog for Lenny and as we want to
> differ the least possible from Debian, we are wondering, what the
> default syslog will be in Lenny.
> The main reason is that we need/want to configure syslogd via debconf
> (or any other policy complient way) for remote logging and the sysklogd
> maintainer doesn't want to provide it. See #370339 for details.
> So we decided to switch to syslog-ng for now. 

It sounds like there are other reasons to switch to syslog-ng or rsyslog
for Debian as well (and I certainly understand why Debian Edu switched).
I just wanted to note somewhere in this thread that if the problem were
just this single packaging feature (which I know is not actually the
case), that by itself isn't a reason to switch default syslog daemons.
Another possible course of action would be to appeal the maintainer's
decision to the Technical Committee.

Of course, since other syslog implementations are potentially better in
larger ways, there may still be good reason to switch the default syslog
to another implementation.  We're using syslog-ng for some hosts at
Stanford because the configuration language just lets you do more stuff
that sysklogd doesn't.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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