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fb_syslog (1) Versions 0.0.1

Installs/Configures syslog

cookbook 'fb_syslog', '~> 0.0.1'
cookbook 'fb_syslog', '~> 0.0.1', :supermarket
knife supermarket install fb_syslog
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fb_syslog Cookbook

Generates valid syslog/rsyslog.conf files.



  • node['fb_syslog']['syslog-entries']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_server']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_upstream']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_port']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_early_lines']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_late_lines']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_rulesets']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_nonruleset_ports']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_escape_cchars']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_additional_sockets']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_facilities_sent_to_remote']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_omprog_binary']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_use_omprog']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_use_omprog_force']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_stats_logging']
  • node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_report_suspension']
  • node['fb_syslog']['sysconfig']['vars'][$KEY][$VAL]
  • node['fb_syslog']['sysconfig']['extra_lines']


syslog-compatible entries

The node['fb_syslog']['syslog-entries'] is used to populate all lines in a syslog.conf, and all syslog-style entries in rsyslog.conf.

Each generated rule is composed of a hash entry:

'name' => {
  comment => 'Associated comment',
  selector => '<facility>.<priority>',
  action => '<action>'

The selector and action values get dumped into the config file as-is, so you can make use of any valid syntax you wish according to syslog.conf(5). Each entry you create simply needs to be added into the node['fb_syslog']['syslog-entries'] hash with a unique key (the key name is not used except to have a unique key).

Additional rsyslogd configuration

By default rsyslogd runs in client mode, but if you want to run rsyslogd to receive logging from other clients, call recipe[fb_syslog::server] from your recipe or role.

You can add rsyslog-specific lines before the syslog-entries (mentioned above) such as loading modules by adding lines to the array node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_early_lines'].

Similarly if you have syslog-incompatible rules that do not fit into the ruleset APIs below, you can add lines to the array node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_late_lines'] which will be included just after the processed syslog-entries.

Using RuleSets

If you have to define RuleSets to do filtering of incoming syslog, you will define them in node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_rulesets']. This will also open up the required network ports for listening and bind them to the RuleSet. Here is an example for usage, also see fb_rlog recipe for a larger example:

node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_rulesets'] = {
  'incoming_music' => {
    'proto' => 'udp',
    'port' => '514',
    'rules' => {
      'Metallica' => [
          ':programname, isequal, "RideTheLightning" /var/log/metallica.log', '& ~',
      'Tool' => [
          ':hostname, contains, "Lateralus" /var/log/lateralus.log', '& ~',
          ':hostname, contains, "Aenima" /var/log/aenima.log', '& ~',
          ':hostname, contains, "10000_Days" /var/log/10000_days.log', '& ~',
          ':hostname, contains, "Undertow" /var/log/undertow.log', '& ~',
          ':hostname, contains, "Opiate" /var/log/opiate.log', '& ~',

The output of the above example would yield:

$RuleSet incoming_music
# Metallica
:programname, isequal, "RideTheLightning" /var/log/metallica.log
& ~

# Tool
:hostname, contains, "Lateralus" /var/log/lateralus.log
& ~
:hostname, contains, "Aenima" /var/log/aenima.log
& ~
:hostname, contains, "10000_Days" /var/log/10000_days.log
& ~
:hostname, contains, "Undertow" /var/log/undertow.log
& ~
:hostname, contains, "Opiate" /var/log/opiate.log
& ~

$InputUDPServerBindRuleset incoming_music
$UDPServerRun 514

Opening network ports for listening

If you want to open network ports without binding them to a specific ruleset you define these in node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_nonruleset_ports']. The most common use for this will be if you need to open ports to pass health checks that are not already opened from your ruleset. Here is an example:

node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_nonruleset_ports'] = {
  'tcp' => [
  'udp' => [

The output of the above example would yield:

$InputTCPServerRun 514
$InputTCPServerRun 5140
$InputUDPServerRun 514

These don't take effect unless rsyslog_server is set.

Escaping control characters in messages

If messages entering the syslog system contain control characters and it's causing you problems, you can enable escaping of non-printable characters by enabling the node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_escape_cchars'] attribute:

node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_escape_cchars'] = true

Enabling additional sockets

If you need to have /dev/log inside chroots, you'll need to have rsyslog listening to additional sockets in a directory that can be bind mounted inside the chroot. Rsyslog will create any missing directory for you.

node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_additional_sockets'] << '/dev/rsyslog/log'

The output of the above example would yield:

$InputUnixListenSocketCreatePath on
$AddUnixListenSocket /dev/rsyslog/log

With that, you can bind mount /dev/rsyslog to your chroot and symlink /dev/rsyslog/log to /dev/log there.

Remote forwarding

If you set node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_upstream'], then any facilities you add to node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_facilities_sent_to_remote'] will be sent to that upstream. For example:

node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_facilities_sent_to_remote'] << 'auth.*'
node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_upstream'] << ''

Program forwarding

If you set node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_use_omprog'] to true, rsyslog will use program forwarding (omprog) instead of remote forwarding (omfwd). You will need to specify the binary to forward syslog messages to in node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_omprog_binary']. Logs from the facilities you set in node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_facilities_sent_to_remote'] will be forwarded to that binary. For example:

node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_facilities_sent_to_remote'] << 'auth.*'
node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_use_omprog'] = true
node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_omprog_binary'] = '/usr/bin/myprogram'

By default, program forwarding (omprog) will only be enabled if node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_server'] is not set to true. You can set node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_use_omprog_force'] to enable program forwarding and a rsyslog server simultaneously. For example:

node.default['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_use_omprog_force'] = true

Suspension reporting

Setting node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_report_suspension'] controls suspension reporting, which defaults to off. If the attriubte is set to nil suspension reporting will not be managed (useful e.g. if your version of rsyslog does not support it).

Statistics logging

Set node['fb_syslog']['rsyslog_stats_logging'] to true to enable periodic output of rsyslog internal counters. These will be logged using the impstats module to /var/log/rsyslog-stats.log.

sysconfig settings

On non-systemd systems, node['fb_syslog']['sysconfig'] can be used to setup /etc/sysconfig/rsyslog (for RedHat machines) or /etc/default/rsyslog (for Debian or Ubuntu). In general you should use it like this:

node.default['fb_syslog']['sysconfig']['vars']['SYSLOGD_OPTIONS'] =

But the extra_lines array is also available for forcing arbitrary stuff like ulimit calls.

Dependent cookbooks

fb_helpers >= 0.0.0

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