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I'm using it happily since some time on our debian hosts for remote secure logging via gnutls, it has a lot of features plus it's backward compatible with sysklogd (it's an alternative to the one installed in standard slackware).
Just tested it here and everything went fine; the system didn't even notice the change, and better, an updated system log tool. I liked it a lot.
However, one thing was annoying me: every single message from the kernel were being printed to console stdout and the system here boots into init 3. To fix this, I just added a backward compatibility with klogd -c 3 behaviour: on rsyslog.conf, just added
And everything is back to normal. :-)
Last edited by rfernandez; 10-15-2010 at 11:55 PM.
Reason: bad grammar
The coolest thing, I think, about rsyslogd is it's simplicity, compatibility and daily updated support. For example: My /var/log/syslog gets constantly unreadable because of iptables log messages, so, I just added some lines in the rsyslog.conf that are clearly explained at the rsyslog webpage and voilą, I have rsyslog to separate iptables messages into another file and keeps syslog lean and clean. :-)
glad you like it: here Rainer explains how it's born and why it exists.
it's, relatively speaking, a little bit heavier (still having a nearly undetectable load, multi-cpu aware too) and it needs more space (we're talking of 2 megabytes of docs and another megabyte with the rest, uncompressed) than sysklogd but its nice features (easy filtering and redirecting, logging to database, remotely through secure connections and so on) can be useful in a lot of scenarios.