catch-all entry in syslog.conf is a bit unhelpful

Yuri Pankov yuripv at
Sat Apr 17 17:23:47 UTC 2021

Yuri Pankov wrote:
> I understand it's been quite some time since it was added, but I have
> been bitten by it just now.  I am adding per-daemon .conf files for
> ports in /usr/local/etc/syslog.d/ and noticed that none of them were
> working.
> An example entry is:
> $ cat /usr/local/etc/syslog.d/dhcpd.conf
> !dhcpd
> *.*     /var/log/dhcpd.log
> Then I noticed the entry in /etc/syslog.conf and had to
> workaround it like below:
> !-dhcpd
>                                     /var/log/daemon.log
> !+dhcpd
> Given the above, I'm wondering if we could move the entry to
> the bottom *after* we read the include dirs, so it would only select
> everything that is not handled already?

Or, better yet, ignore this; I'm not sure what exactly I was doing
wrong, but after I sent the mail it all started working as it should
(happens all the time for me), sorry for the noise.

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