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Old 12-12-2006, 03:32 AM   #1
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syslog to email at @ yahoo or gmail


i have one linux box at a remote office. it's mainly running samba. there will be a syslog everyday. before this, i used to loged in and check the root email to see the syslog. it's very useful.

but now, i could not do so because i had been transfer to another branch. it is possible to configure the syslog to e-mail all the log to my gmail or yahoo account? i've been searching the web, but no use.

Old 12-12-2006, 03:39 AM   #2
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Surely is; you'll need to find the config file or where it's defined to whom the syslog is sent to (no, I don't think it's always automatically root, since there could be systems where root account is not used much), and alter the receiver's address from "root@localhost" or something similar (which points to the machine's own root account's mail) to your gmail address.

Be aware, though, that the mail is probably sent unencrypted so if it contains any crucial information that you can't reveal to anybody or everybody, i.e. if you don't like the idea of your neighbours 17-year-old kid ketting his hands on it, don't send it out over the web if you can't encrypt it.

Since syslog may well include some information you don't want to reveal to others, I encourage you to think a way to encrypt the message before sending and decrypt it when you receive it, or drop the idea. You could write a cron-timed shell script to grab the information, encrypt and then mail it, and that's probably a wise thing to do in this case.
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i've tried, but no luck. it does not works. here is my syslog.conf:

*.emerg *
*.emerg *

uucp,news.crit /var/log/spooler

local7.* /var/log/boot.log

news.=crit /var/log/news/news.crit
news.=err /var/log/news/news.err
news.notice /var/log/news/news.notice


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