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Old 10-24-2009, 12:38 PM   #1
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Configure rsyslog to filter all messages from kdm ?

I have a buggy KDM server, and it is filling my /var/log/messages log with junk.
Can I configure rsyslog to send all messages from kdm to a separate log file?

I tried RTFM and editing /etc/rsyslog.conf thusly:

kdm.* /var/log/kdm_custom.log

But ryslog complains that kdm is not a facility.

What to do?

Old 10-25-2009, 05:26 AM   #2
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I'm not a KDE user, but a search came up with this:

KDM accepts two command line options related to logging:
 -debug <n> (druuna: not of interest for this thread, text removed)
 -logfile <file>
    <file> is the file to log various messages to. The default log file is
    /var/log/kdm.log. For internal reasons there is no option in kdmrc to
    permanently specify the log file location. If you redirect KDM's
    standard error output to a file, KDM will log there.
    If KDM is configured to use syslog (and it _very_ probably is on any
    modern system), all internally generated messages are logged to the
    "daemon" facility. The log usually can be found in /var/log/debug.log
    and /var/log/daemon.log; make sure that daemon.* is logged (look at
All this comes from: (halfway down the page, the "It doesn't work!!" section).

BTW: Wouldn't it be a better idea to solve the issues (why is kdm sending so many log messages, can you solve this).

Hope this helps.
Old 10-25-2009, 05:27 AM   #3
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I think KDM logs to the daemon.* syslog facility


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