Klogd2 is a new version of klogd, which is nothing but a simple program to stream Syslog messages to a Kafka server
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A new implementation of klogd but in Java.

What is klog?

Klog is nothing but a simple program to stream Syslog messages to a Kafka server.

My motivation, as I said on my recent blog post, is that:

  • Syslog is the standard bucket for logs on Unix-like operational systems;
  • There are many legacy applications which use it and cannot be changed to use something else;
  • I sought for a way to route Syslog messages to Kafka, but unfortunately I didn’t find anything.

So I decided to try. And this is actually my second try, klogd2.

Why a new version?

I'd want to try Syslog4j on the server side, because I know it's a rock solid stuff and all those cool kids are using it, e.g. Graylog2. So I decided to give myself a second time to fun and just wrote klogd2, which is also dumb simple like its older brother. But I'm planning to give it a chance to evolve.

Getting Started

1) Make sure you have Kafka up and running properly

2) Build klogd2

$ git clone git@github.com:leandrosilva/klogd2.git
$ mvn compile assembly:single
$ ls -la target/klogd2-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT-jar-with-dependencies.jar

3) Configure Syslog messages routing

On Mac OS X, for example, you have to edit /etc/syslog.conf to include:

*.info;authpriv,remoteauth,ftp,install,internal.none  @

4) Re-launch Syslog daemon to reflex the new configuration

On Mac OS X, for example, you have to:

$ launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.syslogd.plist
$ launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.syslogd.plist

5) Start klogd

$ ZOOKEEPER= java -jar target/klogd2-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT-jar-with-dependencies.jar 

If you don't provide ZOOKEEPER environment variable, klogd2 is going to assume as default.

6) Test it now!

At one terminal:

$ KAFKA_HOME/bin/kafka-console-consumer.sh --zookeeper --topic klog2

And at another:

$ logger -p local0.info -t test.app "blah blah blah info info info"


Copyright (c) 2012 Leandro Silva leandrodoze@gmail.com

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: