6.51. Sysklogd-1.4.1

The Sysklogd package contains programs for logging system messages, such as those given by the kernel when unusual things happen.

Approximate build time: less than 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 0.6 MB

6.51.1. Installation of Sysklogd

The following patch fixes various issues, including a problem building Sysklogd with Linux 2.6 series kernels:

patch -Np1 -i ../sysklogd-1.4.1-fixes-1.patch

The following patch makes sysklogd treat bytes in the 0x80--0x9f range literally in the messages being logged, instead of replacing them with octal codes. Unpatched sysklogd would damage messages in the UTF-8 encoding:

patch -Np1 -i ../sysklogd-1.4.1-8bit-1.patch

Compile the package:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make install

6.51.2. Configuring Sysklogd

Create a new /etc/syslog.conf file by running the following:

cat > /etc/syslog.conf << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/syslog.conf

auth,authpriv.* -/var/log/auth.log
*.*;auth,authpriv.none -/var/log/sys.log
daemon.* -/var/log/daemon.log
kern.* -/var/log/kern.log
mail.* -/var/log/mail.log
user.* -/var/log/user.log
*.emerg *

# End /etc/syslog.conf

6.51.3. Contents of Sysklogd

Installed programs: klogd and syslogd

Short Descriptions


A system daemon for intercepting and logging kernel messages


Logs the messages that system programs offer for logging. Every logged message contains at least a date stamp and a hostname, and normally the program's name too, but that depends on how trusting the logging daemon is told to be