Dear syslog-ng users,
This is the 9th issue of the syslog-ng Insider, a monthly newsletter that brings you syslog-ng related news.
Your feedback and news tips about the next issue is welcome at
syslog-ng 3.3.3 is released!
A new version of syslog-ng is released! There are no new features to announce, but most problems reported since 3.3.1 should be fixed by now! Thank you for all of those, who helped us to hunt bugs with detailed reports and many testing!
The release of 3.3.3 brought many new users to the latest syslog-ng version, which helped to uncover some more bugs in advanced configurations. Until a new release arrives, please check the git tree ( git://git.balabit.hu/bazsi/syslog-ng-3.3 ) and the mailing list archives, if your problem is addressed by a patch.
Sources are available in git or as a snapshot:
Binary packages are available are available for several Linux distributions. Please check availability at
syslog-ng and patterns
Patterndb is one of the most important features of syslog-ng, still not many people are using it. So we are very happy to see, that patterndb was the focus point in many recent syslog-ng mailing list threads.
First of all, thanks for Evan Rempel for providing many useful ideas and feedback about patterndb on the syslog-ng mailing list.
ELSA (Enterprise Log and Search Archive), which uses patterndb heavily, had some major updates recently, which make it a lot more easy to install on a couple of different systems. It is available at http://code.google.com/p/enterprise-log-search-and-archive/
We plan to use CEE for our patterns in the long term. But even until this standard is available, please share your patterns in any form to lower the entry barrier for your fellow syslog-ng users. If you send them to the list or directly to me, I’ll make them available.
syslog-ng and the journal
There’s an ongoing project to create a new logging subsystem for Linux, called the journal, by Lennart Poettering of PulseAudio & systemd fame. It is implemented as a core component of systemd, thus has a good chance to be integrated to all distributions that carry systemd. Since syslog-ng is also in the logging sphere, the logical question arises: how does this new project affect syslog-ng in the long run?
For the answer, read Bazsi’s blog.
OTHER SHORT NEWS
- An interesting article about extracting useful information from log messages was published in Free BSD Magazine (not only for BSD users 🙂 ): where you also can read about several up-to-date topics, like “Rolling Your Own FreeBSD Kernel”, “Hardening BSD with Security Levels” and so on. The whole Free BSD Magazine can be downloaded at http://bsdmag.org.