Logging: Cut Down To Size

Fred DeFrance 
November 27, 2001



UNIX and Linux Syslog 
Syslog, the general-purpose logging mechanism in UNIX and Linux, consists of the following:

For *nix host logging, each message is a single line of text with an associated facility and severity.  The facility can be thought of as a category that depends upon the program from which the message originates. The developer of a program decides which facility a program will utilize. In some cases, it may be configurable by the end user. Severities are hierarchical and range from emerg being the most important down to debug as the least significant.




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