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papertrail (3) Versions 1.1.1

Installs/Configures Papertrail's remote_syslog2

cookbook 'papertrail', '~> 1.1.1'
cookbook 'papertrail', '~> 1.1.1', :supermarket
knife cookbook site install papertrail
knife cookbook site download papertrail

Papertrail Cookbook

This cookbook configures the Papertrail remote_syslog2 agent. To configure rsyslog for use with Papertrail, check out the Papertrail documentation.

Supported Platforms

  • RHEL 6 / CentOS 6
  • RHEL 7 / CentOS 7
  • Amazon Linux 2017.03
  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Debian 9

This cookbook has been tested on Chef 13.x and 12.21.x.



  1. Set the attributes node['papertrail']['destination_host'], node['papertrail']['destination_port'], and at least one file/directory in node['papertrail']['files'].
  2. Include papertrail in your node's run_list:
  "run_list": [

This will install remote_syslog2 with the configured settings from the Chef node attributes.

Recipes & their attributes

This cookbook only has one recipe, which does all setup and configuration. There are a number of attributes you can configure, all of which mirror the configuration items found in the remote_syslog2 README.

  • node['papertrail']['files']

Type: Array

A list of files or patterns to send to Papertrail. At least one entry is required.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['files'] = [ '/tmp/test.log', '/srv/foo.txt', '/var/log/*.bar' ]

To tag a file/path, the structure is slightly different: ruby node['papertrail']['files'] = [ '/tmp/test.log', '/srv/foo.txt', {'path' => '/srv/foo.txt', 'tag' => 'my_tag'} ]

  • node['papertrail']['exclude_files']

Type: Array

A list of files or patterns to exclude.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['exclude_files'] = [ '/tmp/exlude.log', '/srv/dont-include.log', '/var/log/skip-me.log' ]

  • node['papertrail']['exclude_patterns']

Type: Array

A regex of log message patterns to exclude.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['exclude_patterns'] = ['\d+ things'] - node['papertrail']['hostname']

Type: String

Override the default hostname.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['hostname'] = 'my-super-awesome-hostname'

  • node['papertrail']['destination_host'], node['papertrail']['destination_port'], & node['papertrail']['destination_protocol']

Type: String (destination_host & destination_protocol) Type: Integer (destination_port)

The Papertrail host and port to send logs to, and the protocol to use. These are required. Destination and port default to empty, while Protocol defaults to tls.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['destination_host'] = '' node['papertrail']['destination_port'] = XXXXX node['papertrail']['destination_protocol'] = 'tls'

  • node['papertrail']['new_file_check_interval']

Type: Integer

Overrides the default file check interval.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['new_file_check_interval'] = 30

  • node['papertrail']['severity']

Overrides the default remote_syslog2 severity level.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['severity'] = 'warn'

  • node['papertrail']['facility']

Overrides the default remote_syslog2 facility.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['facility'] = 'local7'

  • node['papertrail']['version']

Type: String

Use a different version of remote_syslog than the default.

Example: ruby node['papertrail']['version'] = '0.18'





License and Authors

License: See LICENSE

Author: Mike Julian (@mjulian)

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apt >= 0.0.0
yum-epel >= 0.0.0
yum >= 0.0.0

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  • Add support for two new config options: facility and severity.
  • Minor bug fixes


Initial release of chef-papertrail

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