Configure a RHEL MDS as a syslogd loghost (syslog collection server)

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Configure a RHEL MDS as a syslogd loghost (syslog collection server)


1. This logs all the logs from any number of external hosts to the /var/log/messages and other logs.

2. Edit /etc/sysconfig/syslog. Add “-r” to the SYSLOGD_OPTIONS line:


Restart syslogd with:

/usr/bin/sudo /sbin/service syslog restart

(note that the service is ‘syslog’ and not ‘syslogd’)

3. Verify that syslogd is listening on port 514 using netstat:

$ sudo netstat –anp | grep 514
udp        0      0*       5332/syslogd

4. Change another host to use the syslogd host. On another Linux box the format is in /etc/syslog.conf is something like:


where is the machine you just set up to listen to syslog messages.

You’ll need to restart that host’s syslog to make the change. If you “tail –f /var/log/messages” on the log host you should be able to use /usr/bin/logger on the client host to make messages appear.


$ logger hey

Syslog server:

$ sudo tail -f /var/log/messages
Jan 13 15:33:37 clienthost plankers: hey

Keep in mind that syslog will sort messages into the categories it already has defined in /etc/syslog.conf. So if you send mail log data (mail.*) they’ll end up in /var/log/maillog by default.

5. You may wish to change your log rotation schedule to prevent large files. You can do this in /etc/logrotate.conf.

6. Searching, etc. can be done with standard UNIX tools like grep, tail, less, etc. in /var/log.

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