syslog time resolution

David Robillard david.robillard at
Thu Nov 8 06:42:02 PST 2007

> I would like to increase the number of decimals reported in logfiles by
> syslogd(8), anyone knows if it is possible and perhaps a hint on how to do
> it?
> tcpdump for instance, has six decimals: 21:25:20.160833 whereas the
> standard syslog has zero decimal secs.
> I am only referring to events within a single system so it's not related to
> clock accuracy.
> Thanks and sorry if I missed the obvious!

You might want to try changing the base system's syslogd(8) for a more
feature rich syslog solution.

I'd suggest using syslog-ng which is available in the FreeBSD ports as

It has quite a lot more features then the base system's syslogd(8) as
you can see from the online Administrator's Guide

Should you like to check out other syslogd replacements, check the
Library at

Have fun!

David Robillard
UNIX systems administrator & Oracle DBA
CISSP, RHCE & Sun Certified Security Administrator
Montreal: +1 514 966 0122

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