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Syslog on Mac OS X: Cheat Sheet

February 21, 2015 , posted in mac, osx, syslog, cheatsheet

This is a quick cheatsheet to work with syslog(1) implementation OS X uses. provides a nice UI to access logs in mac, you can do some basic filtering and search, but its limited in terms of raw control a terminal gives you.

/usr/bin/syslog can be used to both send and receive logs. Alternatively logger(1) can be used to send logs to syslog.

Sending logs

Sending logs upstream to another syslog server

Syslog can forward your logs too. The configuration resides in /etc/syslog.conf. You can append forwarding rules in this file, format is

# Tab separated
Facility.Level    @IPADDR:PORT

After this reload syslog daemon.

sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
sudo launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Extra reading

  1. asl.conf(5) - Configuration file for Apple Syslog Log (A syslog superset apple implements), this is where all the logic to route logs are set facility.level