syslog-ng Insider – September 2011

Dear syslog-ng users,

This is the 6th 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


Please take a minute to answer three syslog-ng performance related questions at


Please test 3.3 git!

Version 3.3 release is just around the corner. There were many smaller fixes since the last beta release, so please check out the latest source code from git and help us to make sure the release is free from known problems!

Your feedback is very valuable, especially if you could test it in real world situations with logs and configurations we could never imagine ourselves. As threading is a major new feature, which is not enabled by default, please try it by adding “threaded(yes)” to your options in syslog-ng.conf

You can download it by “git clone git://”

Documentation is also available: target=&

Binary packages from latest git are available:

Logs for patterns, patterns for logs

We also would like to extend our UNIX/Linux patterns. Creating logs in a “lab” environment just for pattern creation is very time consuming. It would be very helpful for us, if you could send logs in exchange for patterns. Just make sure, that there is no sensitive data left in the logs, as the result will be published to make it available for the whole syslog-ng community.
I published a blog ( ), how I collect logs for pattern creation, but of course, any logs are welcome!

Syslog clients for Windows

Central logging using syslog is long part of the UNIX / Linux infrastructure. But if someone also happens to have Windows machines, it is still possible to use the proven syslog-ng servers. There are many clients available, both open and closed source, ranging from simple event forwarders to complex logging solutions. Here is a collection of them:



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syslog-ng PE Case Study – DataPath Inc.

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