Alternative to syslogd that actually writes external logs to files?

Kaya Saman kayasaman at
Mon Nov 28 12:58:38 UTC 2011


I would like to know if there's a syslog alternative out there that will 
actually write my network equipments' logs to files.

After having major issues with syslogd and attempting a thorough debug 
of which I posted to this mailing list and wasn't able to fix even with 
more experienced peoples help I am now looking for an alternative!

My issue with syslogd was the fact that the logging information would be 
sent to my system and that could evidently be seen, however, the 
software didn't write to the log file specified for whatever reason :-(

During debug I started syslogd using the -d and -vv options, checked the 
log file in question was created and had correct permission. Everything 
seemed fine but nothing even tried to write to file.

Basically I am looking for just something that will write all my 
external logs to file and can keep syslogd for the system specific logs 
as that's no problem.

Since at the time I was using FreeBSD 8.0 CURRENT x64, I upgraded to 8.2 
on the basis that my system and hence ports collection was out-of-date; 
but unfortunately the update didn't solve my issues regarding syslog. - 
which is way odd considering I had FreeBSD 8.1 or 8.2 x86 edition 
running on an old (now packed-up) PIV which did my logging without any 
issues. - The current setup is the same except for the fact that am 
running Jails and am on a 64bit platform.

Can anybody suggest anything?


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