Logging to syslog


#1

I see from the documentation (
http://wiki.opscode.com/display/chef/Chef+Configuration+Settings#ChefConfigurationSettings-logoutput)
that it is possible to log to syslog, but the link that I guess is supposed
to explain how to do so is broken. I’m afraid I’m not a Ruby person so,
while I realise the config file is just Ruby and it’s probably a simple task
to do so, I’m not entirely sure how to do it without a pointer or two, and
this is functionality I couldn’t use Chef without (we have to have all our
logs centralised, which obviously is fairly easy to take care of when using
syslog).

Thanks,
Oliver


#2

The page that was linked off to from that bad link was blank. It was
started by “Rafael” in 2010 by creating a page with the title, but there was
no content.

I’ve created a page “Advanced Configuration Settings with Ruby”, and put the
readme from the mixlib-log that is linked to at
http://wiki.opscode.com/display/chef/Chef+Configuration+Settings#ChefConfigurationSettings-logoutput
.

Those with knowledge on how to make it more than that can either edit the
page directly, or send me the information.

  • Tom

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 6:13 AM, Oliver Beattie oliver@luckyvoice.comwrote:

I see from the documentation (
http://wiki.opscode.com/display/chef/Chef+Configuration+Settings#ChefConfigurationSettings-logoutput)
that it is possible to log to syslog, but the link that I guess is supposed
to explain how to do so is broken. I’m afraid I’m not a Ruby person so,
while I realise the config file is just Ruby and it’s probably a simple task
to do so, I’m not entirely sure how to do it without a pointer or two, and
this is functionality I couldn’t use Chef without (we have to have all our
logs centralised, which obviously is fairly easy to take care of when using
syslog).

Thanks,
Oliver


#3

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Oliver Beattie oliver@luckyvoice.com wrote:

I see from the documentation
(http://wiki.opscode.com/display/chef/Chef+Configuration+Settings#ChefConfigurationSettings-logoutput)
that it is possible to log to syslog, but the link that I guess is supposed
to explain how to do so is broken. I’m afraid I’m not a Ruby person so,
while I realise the config file is just Ruby and it’s probably a simple task
to do so, I’m not entirely sure how to do it without a pointer or two, and
this is functionality I couldn’t use Chef without (we have to have all our
logs centralised, which obviously is fairly easy to take care of when using
syslog).

Hi,

I had a look a while ago and had to dig a little bit to find the
solution. I don’t have
access to the system I configured right now but, if I remember correctly, you
have to install the SyslogLogger gem and then modify /etc/chef/client.rb or
server.rb to add:

require 'syslog_logger’
log_location SyslogLogger.new(“chef-client”)

If you are using the supplied startup scripts for RedHat-base
distributions, please
note that they insist on configuring the logger in
/etc/sysconfig/chef-{client,server}.
You might have to manually modify the startup script for the logging to work
as intended.


#4

Best info I’ve seen seems to be in tickets:

http://tickets.opscode.com/browse/CHEF-273
http://tickets.opscode.com/browse/CHEF-1985

Going to be trying this myself soon. Also, you may be interested in
the splunk handler, which I want to play with after syslog is working:

Please add your experience to the wiki if you get it working.

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Eric-Olivier Lamey eolamey@gmail.com wrote:

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Oliver Beattie oliver@luckyvoice.com wrote:

I see from the documentation
(http://wiki.opscode.com/display/chef/Chef+Configuration+Settings#ChefConfigurationSettings-logoutput)
that it is possible to log to syslog, but the link that I guess is supposed
to explain how to do so is broken. I’m afraid I’m not a Ruby person so,
while I realise the config file is just Ruby and it’s probably a simple task
to do so, I’m not entirely sure how to do it without a pointer or two, and
this is functionality I couldn’t use Chef without (we have to have all our
logs centralised, which obviously is fairly easy to take care of when using
syslog).

Hi,

I had a look a while ago and had to dig a little bit to find the
solution. I don’t have
access to the system I configured right now but, if I remember correctly, you
have to install the SyslogLogger gem and then modify /etc/chef/client.rb or
server.rb to add:

require 'syslog_logger’
log_location SyslogLogger.new(“chef-client”)

If you are using the supplied startup scripts for RedHat-base
distributions, please
note that they insist on configuring the logger in
/etc/sysconfig/chef-{client,server}.
You might have to manually modify the startup script for the logging to work
as intended.