8.74. Sysklogd-1.5.1

The sysklogd package contains programs for logging system messages, such as those given by the kernel when unusual things happen.

Approximate build time: less than 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 0.6 MB

8.74.1. Installation of Sysklogd

First, fix problems that causes a segmentation fault under some conditions in klogd and fix an obsolete program construct:

sed -i '/Error loading kernel symbols/{n;n;d}' ksym_mod.c
sed -i 's/union wait/int/' syslogd.c

Compile the package:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make BINDIR=/sbin install

8.74.2. Configuring Sysklogd

Create a new /etc/syslog.conf file by running the following:

cat > /etc/syslog.conf << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/syslog.conf

auth,authpriv.* -/var/log/auth.log
*.*;auth,authpriv.none -/var/log/sys.log
daemon.* -/var/log/daemon.log
kern.* -/var/log/kern.log
mail.* -/var/log/mail.log
user.* -/var/log/user.log
*.emerg *

# End /etc/syslog.conf

8.74.3. Contents of Sysklogd

Installed programs: klogd and syslogd

Short Descriptions


A system daemon for intercepting and logging kernel messages


Logs the messages that system programs offer for logging [Every logged message contains at least a date stamp and a hostname, and normally the program's name too, but that depends on how trusting the logging daemon is told to be.]