[lug] Syslog woes

Hugh Brown hugh at math.byu.edu
Tue Dec 12 20:58:45 MST 2006

mail.err is what my sarge install is using, but I also don't see anything
in the /var/log/mail.err log file which is where it is supposed to be

you could try sending mail.* to /var/log/mail.foo and then change your
mail.error to mail.* to see if that takes care of it.  If so, I'd suspect
a different level than error was being logged to /var/log/syslog.


On Tue, 12 Dec 2006, Daniel Webb wrote:

> I'm trying to reduce the trivial stuff that's going to syslog (like the entire
> postfix log of every step of the delivery process for every email like is
> default with Etch), and I put this:
> *.*;auth,authpriv.none;mail.error       -/var/log/syslog
> as the only line in /etc/syslog.conf relating to /var/log/syslog, and then
> /etc/init.d/sysklogd restart
> but all the Postfix junk is still going to /var/log/syslog.  What gives?  I
> also tried "mail.err" instead of "mail.error" since the syslog.conf man page
> says "error" is deprecated.
>  1) What am I missing here?
>  2) Why is "warn" deprecated in favor of "warning" but "error" is deprecated
>     in favor of "err"?  Doesn't make sense.  I get the feeling someone
>     somewhere in a dank BOFH basement is chuckling about that one.
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