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Installs rsyslog to replace sysklogd for client and/or server use. By default, server will be set up to log to files.



Tested on Ubuntu 8.04, 9.10, 10.04.

For Ubuntu 8.04, the rsyslog package will be installed from a PPA via the default.rb recipe in order to get 4.2.0 backported from 10.04.

Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04 are no longer supported releases and have not been tested with this cookbook.



  • rsyslog[:log_dir] - specify the directory to store logs (applicable to server only), default /srv/rsyslog
  • rsyslog[:server] - specify the remote rsyslog server. default false (no remote server)
  • rsyslog[:protocol] - specify whether to use udp or tcp for remote log transmission. tcp is default.


To replace the sysklogd syslog service with rsyslog:

include_recipe "rsyslog"

To set up a client with a remote [r]syslog server:

include_recipe "rsyslog::client"

By default, this cookbook will use TCP so the server should be configured for TCP. This can be done easily with the server recipe:

include_recipe "rsyslog::server"

To switch to UDP, change the rsyslog[:protocol] attribute. Note this needs to be done on each client as well.

Also, the server configuration will set up log_dir for each client, by date. Structure:

<%= @log_dir %>/YEAR/MONTH/DAY/HOSTNAME/"logfile"


Author:: Joshua Timberman (

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