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> Is syslogd used soley to allow other servers to write to the local
> machine's syslog? I mean, if i were to disable syslogd on the localhost's
> startup so it is no longer listening on udp/514, would it still be able to
> log to /var/log/*
No, it is what local programs log through.
By default syslogd doesn't even accept connections from the network
any more. You have to start it with the -r option to get that
functionality. From the man page:
-r This option will enable the facility to receive
message from the network using an internet domain
socket with the syslog service (see services(5)).
The default is to not receive any messages from the
This option is introduced in version 1.3 of the
sysklogd package. Please note that the default
behavior is the opposite of how older versions
behave, so you might have to turn this on.
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