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CentOS 7.0 - man page for sys::syslog (centos section 3)

Syslog(3)		       User Contributed Perl Documentation			Syslog(3)

       Sys::Syslog - Perl interface to the UNIX syslog(3) calls

       This is the documentation of version 0.33

	   use Sys::Syslog;			   # all except setlogsock()
	   use Sys::Syslog qw(:standard :macros);  # standard functions & macros

	   openlog($ident, $logopt, $facility);    # don't forget this
	   syslog($priority, $format, @args);
	   $oldmask = setlogmask($mask_priority);

       "Sys::Syslog" is an interface to the UNIX syslog(3) program.  Call "syslog()" with a
       string priority and a list of "printf()" args just like syslog(3).

       "Sys::Syslog" exports the following "Exporter" tags:

       o   ":standard" exports the standard syslog(3) functions:

	       openlog closelog setlogmask syslog

       o   ":extended" exports the Perl specific functions for syslog(3):


       o   ":macros" exports the symbols corresponding to most of your syslog(3) macros and the
	   "LOG_UPTO()" and "LOG_MASK()" functions.  See "CONSTANTS" for the supported constants
	   and their meaning.

       By default, "Sys::Syslog" exports the symbols from the ":standard" tag.

       openlog($ident, $logopt, $facility)
	   Opens the syslog.  $ident is prepended to every message.  $logopt contains zero or
	   more of the options detailed below.	$facility specifies the part of the system to
	   report about, for example "LOG_USER" or "LOG_LOCAL0": see "Facilities" for a list of
	   well-known facilities, and your syslog(3) documentation for the facilities available
	   in your system.  Check "SEE ALSO" for useful links. Facility can be given as a string
	   or a numeric macro.

	   This function will croak if it can't connect to the syslog daemon.

	   Note that "openlog()" now takes three arguments, just like openlog(3).

	   You should use "openlog()" before calling "syslog()".


	   o   "cons" - This option is ignored, since the failover mechanism will drop down to
	       the console automatically if all other media fail.

	   o   "ndelay" - Open the connection immediately (normally, the connection is opened
	       when the first message is logged).

	   o   "noeol" - When set to true, no end of line character ("\n") will be appended to
	       the message. This can be useful for some buggy syslog daemons.

	   o   "nofatal" - When set to true, "openlog()" and "syslog()" will only emit warnings
	       instead of dying if the connection to the syslog can't be established.

	   o   "nonul" - When set to true, no "NUL" character ("\0") will be appended to the
	       message. This can be useful for some buggy syslog daemons.

	   o   "nowait" - Don't wait for child processes that may have been created while logging
	       the message.  (The GNU C library does not create a child process, so this option
	       has no effect on Linux.)

	   o   "perror" - Write the message to standard error output as well to the system log
	       (added in "Sys::Syslog" 0.22).

	   o   "pid" - Include PID with each message.


	   Open the syslog with options "ndelay" and "pid", and with facility "LOCAL0":

	       openlog($name, "ndelay,pid", "local0");

	   Same thing, but this time using the macro corresponding to "LOCAL0":

	       openlog($name, "ndelay,pid", LOG_LOCAL0);

       syslog($priority, $message)
       syslog($priority, $format, @args)
	   If $priority permits, logs $message or "sprintf($format, @args)" with the addition
	   that %m in $message or $format is replaced with "$!" (the latest error message).

	   $priority can specify a level, or a level and a facility.  Levels and facilities can
	   be given as strings or as macros.  When using the "eventlog" mechanism, priorities
	   "DEBUG" and "INFO" are mapped to event type "informational", "NOTICE" and "WARNING" to
	   "warning" and "ERR" to "EMERG" to "error".

	   If you didn't use "openlog()" before using "syslog()", "syslog()" will try to guess
	   the $ident by extracting the shortest prefix of $format that ends in a ":".


	       # informational level
	       syslog("info", $message);
	       syslog(LOG_INFO, $message);

	       # information level, Local0 facility
	       syslog("info|local0", $message);
	       syslog(LOG_INFO|LOG_LOCAL0, $message);

	       "Sys::Syslog" version v0.07 and older passed the $message as the formatting string
	       to "sprintf()" even when no formatting arguments were provided.	If the code
	       calling "syslog()" might execute with older versions of this module, make sure to
	       call the function as "syslog($priority, "%s", $message)" instead of
	       "syslog($priority, $message)".  This protects against hostile formatting sequences
	       that might show up if $message contains tainted data.

	   Sets the log mask for the current process to $mask_priority and returns the old mask.
	   If the mask argument is 0, the current log mask is not modified.  See "Levels" for the
	   list of available levels.  You can use the "LOG_UPTO()" function to allow all levels
	   up to a given priority (but it only accept the numeric macros as arguments).


	   Only log errors:

	       setlogmask( LOG_MASK(LOG_ERR) );

	   Log everything except informational messages:

	       setlogmask( ~(LOG_MASK(LOG_INFO)) );

	   Log critical messages, errors and warnings:

	       setlogmask( LOG_MASK(LOG_CRIT)

	   Log all messages up to debug:

	       setlogmask( LOG_UPTO(LOG_DEBUG) );

	   Sets the socket type and options to be used for the next call to "openlog()" or
	   "syslog()".	Returns true on success, "undef" on failure.

	   Being Perl-specific, this function has evolved along time.  It can currently be called
	   as follow:

	   o   "setlogsock($sock_type)"

	   o   "setlogsock($sock_type, $stream_location)" (added in Perl 5.004_02)

	   o   "setlogsock($sock_type, $stream_location, $sock_timeout)" (added in "Sys::Syslog"

	   o   "setlogsock(\%options)" (added in "Sys::Syslog" 0.28)

	   The available options are:

	   o   "type" - equivalent to $sock_type, selects the socket type (or "mechanism").  An
	       array reference can be passed to specify several mechanisms to try, in the given

	   o   "path" - equivalent to $stream_location, sets the stream location.  Defaults to
	       standard Unix location, or "_PATH_LOG".

	   o   "timeout" - equivalent to $sock_timeout, sets the socket timeout in seconds.
	       Defaults to 0 on all systems except Mac OS X where it is set to 0.25 sec.

	   o   "host" - sets the hostname to send the messages to.  Defaults to the local host.

	   o   "port" - sets the TCP or UDP port to connect to.  Defaults to the first standard
	       syslog port available on the system.

	   The available mechanisms are:

	   o   "native" - use the native C functions from your syslog(3) library (added in
	       "Sys::Syslog" 0.15).

	   o   "eventlog" - send messages to the Win32 events logger (Win32 only; added in
	       "Sys::Syslog" 0.19).

	   o   "tcp" - connect to a TCP socket, on the "syslog/tcp" or "syslogng/tcp" service.
	       See also the "host", "port" and "timeout" options.

	   o   "udp" - connect to a UDP socket, on the "syslog/udp" service.  See also the
	       "host", "port" and "timeout" options.

	   o   "inet" - connect to an INET socket, either TCP or UDP, tried in that order.  See
	       also the "host", "port" and "timeout" options.

	   o   "unix" - connect to a UNIX domain socket (in some systems a character special
	       device).  The name of that socket is given by the "path" option or, if omitted,
	       the value returned by the "_PATH_LOG" macro (if your system defines it), /dev/log
	       or /dev/conslog, whichever is writable.

	   o   "stream" - connect to the stream indicated by the "path" option, or, if omitted,
	       the value returned by the "_PATH_LOG" macro (if your system defines it), /dev/log
	       or /dev/conslog, whichever is writable.	For example Solaris and IRIX system may
	       prefer "stream" instead of "unix".

	   o   "pipe" - connect to the named pipe indicated by the "path" option, or, if omitted,
	       to the value returned by the "_PATH_LOG" macro (if your system defines it), or
	       /dev/log (added in "Sys::Syslog" 0.21).	HP-UX is a system which uses such a named

	   o   "console" - send messages directly to the console, as for the "cons" option of

	   The default is to try "native", "tcp", "udp", "unix", "pipe", "stream", "console".
	   Under systems with the Win32 API, "eventlog" will be added as the first mechanism to
	   try if "Win32::EventLog" is available.

	   Giving an invalid value for $sock_type will "croak".


	   Select the UDP socket mechanism:


	   Send messages using the TCP socket mechanism on a custom port:

	       setlogsock({ type => "tcp", port => 2486 });

	   Send messages to a remote host using the TCP socket mechanism:

	       setlogsock({ type => "tcp", host => $loghost });

	   Try the native, UDP socket then UNIX domain socket mechanisms:

	       setlogsock(["native", "udp", "unix"]);

	       Now that the "native" mechanism is supported by "Sys::Syslog" and selected by
	       default, the use of the "setlogsock()" function is discouraged because other
	       mechanisms are less portable across operating systems.  Authors of modules and
	       programs that use this function, especially its cargo-cult form
	       "setlogsock("unix")", are advised to remove any occurrence of it unless they
	       specifically want to use a given mechanism (like TCP or UDP to connect to a remote

	   Closes the log file and returns true on success.

       The First Rule of Sys::Syslog is: You do not call "setlogsock".

       The Second Rule of Sys::Syslog is: You do not call "setlogsock".

       The Third Rule of Sys::Syslog is: The program crashes, "die"s, calls "closelog", the log
       is over.

       The Fourth Rule of Sys::Syslog is: One facility, one priority.

       The Fifth Rule of Sys::Syslog is: One log at a time.

       The Sixth Rule of Sys::Syslog is: No "syslog" before "openlog".

       The Seventh Rule of Sys::Syslog is: Logs will go on as long as they have to.

       The Eighth, and Final Rule of Sys::Syslog is: If this is your first use of Sys::Syslog,
       you must read the doc.

       An example:

	   openlog($program, 'cons,pid', 'user');
	   syslog('info', '%s', 'this is another test');
	   syslog('mail|warning', 'this is a better test: %d', time);

	   syslog('debug', 'this is the last test');

       Another example:

	   openlog("$program $$", 'ndelay', 'user');
	   syslog('notice', 'fooprogram: this is really done');

       Example of use of %m:

	   $! = 55;
	   syslog('info', 'problem was %m');   # %m == $! in syslog(3)

       Log to UDP port on $remotehost instead of logging locally:

	   setlogsock("udp", $remotehost);
	   openlog($program, 'ndelay', 'user');
	   syslog('info', 'something happened over here');

       o   "LOG_AUDIT" - audit daemon (IRIX); falls back to "LOG_AUTH"

       o   "LOG_AUTH" - security/authorization messages

       o   "LOG_AUTHPRIV" - security/authorization messages (private)

       o   "LOG_CONSOLE" - "/dev/console" output (FreeBSD); falls back to "LOG_USER"

       o   "LOG_CRON" - clock daemons (cron and at)

       o   "LOG_DAEMON" - system daemons without separate facility value

       o   "LOG_FTP" - FTP daemon

       o   "LOG_KERN" - kernel messages

       o   "LOG_INSTALL" - installer subsystem (Mac OS X); falls back to "LOG_USER"

       o   "LOG_LAUNCHD" - launchd - general bootstrap daemon (Mac OS X); falls back to

       o   "LOG_LFMT" - logalert facility; falls back to "LOG_USER"

       o   "LOG_LOCAL0" through "LOG_LOCAL7" - reserved for local use

       o   "LOG_LPR" - line printer subsystem

       o   "LOG_MAIL" - mail subsystem

       o   "LOG_NETINFO" - NetInfo subsystem (Mac OS X); falls back to "LOG_DAEMON"

       o   "LOG_NEWS" - USENET news subsystem

       o   "LOG_NTP" - NTP subsystem (FreeBSD, NetBSD); falls back to "LOG_DAEMON"

       o   "LOG_RAS" - Remote Access Service (VPN / PPP) (Mac OS X); falls back to "LOG_AUTH"

       o   "LOG_REMOTEAUTH" - remote authentication/authorization (Mac OS X); falls back to

       o   "LOG_SECURITY" - security subsystems (firewalling, etc.) (FreeBSD); falls back to

       o   "LOG_SYSLOG" - messages generated internally by syslogd

       o   "LOG_USER" (default) - generic user-level messages

       o   "LOG_UUCP" - UUCP subsystem

       o   "LOG_EMERG" - system is unusable

       o   "LOG_ALERT" - action must be taken immediately

       o   "LOG_CRIT" - critical conditions

       o   "LOG_ERR" - error conditions

       o   "LOG_WARNING" - warning conditions

       o   "LOG_NOTICE" - normal, but significant, condition

       o   "LOG_INFO" - informational message

       o   "LOG_DEBUG" - debug-level message

       "Invalid argument passed to setlogsock"
	   (F) You gave "setlogsock()" an invalid value for $sock_type.

       "eventlog passed to setlogsock, but no Win32 API available"
	   (W) You asked "setlogsock()" to use the Win32 event logger but the operating system
	   running the program isn't Win32 or does not provides Win32 compatible facilities.

       "no connection to syslog available"
	   (F) "syslog()" failed to connect to the specified socket.

       "stream passed to setlogsock, but %s is not writable"
	   (W) You asked "setlogsock()" to use a stream socket, but the given path is not

       "stream passed to setlogsock, but could not find any device"
	   (W) You asked "setlogsock()" to use a stream socket, but didn't provide a path, and
	   "Sys::Syslog" was unable to find an appropriate one.

       "tcp passed to setlogsock, but tcp service unavailable"
	   (W) You asked "setlogsock()" to use a TCP socket, but the service is not available on
	   the system.

       "syslog: expecting argument %s"
	   (F) You forgot to give "syslog()" the indicated argument.

       "syslog: invalid level/facility: %s"
	   (F) You specified an invalid level or facility.

       "syslog: too many levels given: %s"
	   (F) You specified too many levels.

       "syslog: too many facilities given: %s"
	   (F) You specified too many facilities.

       "syslog: level must be given"
	   (F) You forgot to specify a level.

       "udp passed to setlogsock, but udp service unavailable"
	   (W) You asked "setlogsock()" to use a UDP socket, but the service is not available on
	   the system.

       "unix passed to setlogsock, but path not available"
	   (W) You asked "setlogsock()" to use a UNIX socket, but "Sys::Syslog" was unable to
	   find an appropriate an appropriate device.

       "Sys::Syslog" is a core module, part of the standard Perl distribution since 1990.  At
       this time, modules as we know them didn't exist, the Perl library was a collection of .pl
       files, and the one for sending syslog messages with was simply lib/syslog.pl, included
       with Perl 3.0.  It was converted as a module with Perl 5.0, but had a version number only
       starting with Perl 5.6.	Here is a small table with the matching Perl and "Sys::Syslog"

	   Sys::Syslog	   Perl
	   -----------	   ----
	      undef	   5.0.0 ~ 5.5.4
	      0.01	   5.6.*
	      0.03	   5.8.0
	      0.04	   5.8.1, 5.8.2, 5.8.3
	      0.05	   5.8.4, 5.8.5, 5.8.6
	      0.06	   5.8.7
	      0.13	   5.8.8
	      0.22	   5.10.0
	      0.27	   5.8.9, 5.10.1 ~ 5.14.2
	      0.29	   5.16.0, 5.16.1

   Other modules
       Log::Log4perl - Perl implementation of the Log4j API

       Log::Dispatch - Dispatches messages to one or more outputs

       Log::Report - Report a problem, with exceptions and language support

   Manual Pages

       SUSv3 issue 6, IEEE Std 1003.1, 2004 edition,

       GNU C Library documentation on syslog,

       Solaris 10 documentation on syslog,

       Mac OS X documentation on syslog,

       IRIX 6.5 documentation on syslog,

       AIX 5L 5.3 documentation on syslog,

       HP-UX 11i documentation on syslog, <http://docs.hp.com/en/B2355-60130/syslog.3C.html>

       Tru64 5.1 documentation on syslog,

       Stratus VOS 15.1,

       RFC 3164 - The BSD syslog Protocol, <http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc3164.html> -- Please note
       that this is an informational RFC, and therefore does not specify a standard of any kind.

       RFC 3195 - Reliable Delivery for syslog, <http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc3195.html>

       Syslogging with Perl, <http://lexington.pm.org/meetings/022001.html>

   Event Log
       Windows Event Log,

       Tom Christiansen <tchrist (at) perl.com> and Larry Wall <larry (at) wall.org>.

       UNIX domain sockets added by Sean Robinson <robinson_s (at) sc.maricopa.edu> with support
       from Tim Bunce <Tim.Bunce (at) ig.co.uk> and the "perl5-porters" mailing list.

       Dependency on syslog.ph replaced with XS code by Tom Hughes <tom (at) compton.nu>.

       Code for "constant()"s regenerated by Nicholas Clark <nick (at) ccl4.org>.

       Failover to different communication modes by Nick Williams <Nick.Williams (at)

       Extracted from core distribution for publishing on the CPAN by Sebastien Aperghis-Tramoni
       <sebastien (at) aperghis.net>.

       XS code for using native C functions borrowed from "Unix::Syslog", written by Marcus
       Harnisch <marcus.harnisch (at) gmx.net>.

       Yves Orton suggested and helped for making "Sys::Syslog" use the native event logger under
       Win32 systems.

       Jerry D. Hedden and Reini Urban provided greatly appreciated help to debug and polish
       "Sys::Syslog" under Cygwin.

       Please report any bugs or feature requests to "bug-sys-syslog (at) rt.cpan.org", or
       through the web interface at
       <http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=Sys-Syslog>.  I will be notified, and
       then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

       You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

	   perldoc Sys::Syslog

       You can also look for information at:

       o   AnnoCPAN: Annotated CPAN documentation


       o   CPAN Ratings


       o   RT: CPAN's request tracker


       o   Search CPAN


       o   MetaCPAN


       o   Perl Documentation


       Copyright (C) 1990-2012 by Larry Wall and others.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

perl v5.16.3				    2013-05-24					Syslog(3)

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