Syslogd - Different Files

Steve Bertrand steve at
Wed Sep 24 12:49:27 UTC 2008

Laurence Mayer wrote:
> Hi,
> Over the last couple of days I have been trying to get syslogd to log
> messages received from remote hosts to different files.
> I have read the man pages:
> <>
> However it is very confusing what exactly to add to the syslog.conf
> file. I have tried numerous variations but still no success.
> Could someone please tell me or
> send an example of their syslog.conf file showing how this is done.

Granted that there is likely more than one way to do it, heres how I do
it (in the servers syslogd.conf):

local6.*                                        /var/log/lanx.log
local7.*                                        /var/log/fortigate.log
mail.debug                                      /var/log/barracuda.log

...each log file represents a different remote host delivering the log
data. So, on, I point the syslog service to the IP of
the server, and tell it to use local6 as the facility.

I then start syslogd on the server as such:

/usr/sbin/syslogd -a -a \
-a -f /etc/syslogd.conf


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