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SYSLOGD(8)                  System Manager's Manual                 SYSLOGD(8)



NAME
       syslogd - log system messages

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/etc/syslogd [ -d ] [ -fconfigfile ] [ -m interval ]

DESCRIPTION
       syslogd reads and forwards system messages to the appropriate log files
       and/or users, depending upon the priority of a message and  the  system
       facility  from  which  it originates.  The configuration file /etc/sys-
       log.conf (see syslog.conf(5)) controls where  messages  are  forwarded.
       syslogd logs a mark (timestamp) message every interval minutes (default
       20) at priority LOG_INFO to the facility whose name is given as mark in
       the syslog.conf file.

       A  system  message consists of a single line of text, which may be pre-
       fixed with a priority code number enclosed in angle-brackets (<&lt;>&gt;); pri-
       orities are defined in sys/syslog.h.

       syslogd  reads from the AF_UNIX address family socket /dev/log, from an
       Internet address family socket specified in /etc/services, and from the
       special device /dev/klog (for kernel messages).

       syslogd reads the configuration file when it starts up, and again when-
       ever it receives a HUP signal, at which time it also closes  all  files
       it  has  open, re-reads its configuration file, and then opens only the
       log files that are listed in that file.  syslogd exits when it receives
       a TERM signal.

       As it starts up, syslogd creates the file /etc/syslog.pid, if possible,
       containing its process ID (PID).

Sun386i DESCRIPTION
       syslogd translates messages using the databases specified on an option-
       al line in the syslog.conf as indicated with a translate entry.

       The format of these databases is described in translate(5).

OPTIONS
       -d               Turn on debugging.

       -fconfigfile     Specify an alternate configuration file.

       -m interval      Specify  an  interval,  in  minutes, between mark mes-
                        sages.

FILES
       /etc/syslog.conf    configuration file
       /etc/syslog.pid     process ID
       /dev/log            AF_UNIX address family  datagram log socket
       /dev/klog           kernel log device
       /etc/services       network services database

SEE ALSO
       logger(1), syslog(3), syslog.conf(5), translate(5)



                                13 January 1990                     SYSLOGD(8)