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Bug#78782: syslogs in debian

Holger Levsen wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> as you know the state of the various syslogd implementations in Debian well, 
> could you please comment on, reassign and/or close #78782? ;-)

We nowadays have the virtual packages system-log-daemon and
The available syslog solutions we currently have are:

All provide (and conflict with) system-log-daemon/linux-kernel-log-daemon

A analysis of the packages depending on a syslog package some months ago
[1] showed, that all have at least system-log-daemon as alternative
depedency (the ones which didn't have been fixed). So you can switch to
your preferred syslog, if you want so.
The current default syslog for Debian is rsyslog.

The only minor issue that is left, that most packages still specify the
default syslog directly, i.e. most still have

Depends/Recommends/Suggests: sysklogd | system-log-daemon

still after the switch to rsyslog. We'd have to update quite a few
packages to change that to rsyslog | system-log-daemon

There was a related discussion on debian-devel [2][3] about how to
speficy the default mta. I'm interested in the outcome and very likely
pursue the same approach (probably a default-syslog package) for the
syslog packages

In my POV, this bug report can be closed as the raised issues have been
sorted out.


[1] http://wiki.debian.org/Rsyslog
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/08/msg00507.html
[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/08/msg00504.html
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