syslog-facility(8) Setup and remove LOCALx facility for sysklogd


syslog-facility set set_of_priority log_file ...

syslog-facility remove facility


syslog-facility can be used to setup a syslog facility and to remove it. The primary use of this perl script is to allow packages to automatically setup (and remove) a LOCALx facility. With the first argument beeing set, it will output a string containing the first free LOCALx facility that has been assigned to your request :

  # syslog-facility set all /var/log/sympa

This does mean that a line ``local0.*  /var/log/sympa'' has been
added to the syslog.conf file. If no free LOCALx facility has been found, then it outputs ``none'' (with a end of line).

You can use different set of priorities (most of what syslogd supports) :

  # syslog-facility set 'all;!=debug;' /var/log/sympa '=debug' /var/log/sympa-d

Pay particular attention to shell escapes since ';','!' have special meanings for them. The syntax is similar to syslog.conf except that '*' must be replaced by 'all'.

In that case you will have two lines added two the syslog.conf file :

  local1.*;local1.!=debug       /var/log/sympa
  local1.=debug                 /var/log/sympa-d

If the first argument is remove, then it will remove all references to a precise LOCALx facility. Example :

  # syslog-facility remove local1

It will remove all references to the local1 facility.


The script doesn't know about multi-lines configuration (ie with '\').

With a line like that ``mail,local0.* /anything'', ``syslog-facility remove local0'' would remove the entire line. It should not be a problem since lines installed by this script cannot use this syntax.