[lug] Syslog woes

Daniel Webb lists at danielwebb.us
Thu Dec 14 20:45:53 MST 2006

On Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 06:05:47PM -0700, David L. Anselmi wrote:

> >*.*;auth,authpriv.none;mail.error       -/var/log/syslog
> > 1) What am I missing here?
> Try mail.none rather than mail.error.

But I still want mail messages with error and worse to show up in syslog.
>From my reading of man 5 syslog.conf there is a bug in syslog, but every time
I think that about one of the more complex old-time Unix services I end up
filing what turns out to be a frivolous bug report which gets embarassing
after a while.   :<

Specifically, from man 5 syslog.conf:

 Multiple  selectors  may be specified for a single action using the semicolon
(``;'') separator.  Remember that each selector in the selector field is
capable to overwrite the preceding ones.  Using this behavior you can exclude
some priorities from the pattern.

So shouldn't get last "mail.error" override the previous settings for mail?

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