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Version information

  • 0.7.1 (latest)
  • 0.7.0
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released Jan 1st 2015
This version is compatible with:
  • Gentoo, RedHat, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, FreeBSD

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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'purplehazech-syslogng', '0.7.1'
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bolt module add purplehazech-syslogng
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install purplehazech-syslogng --version 0.7.1

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purplehazech/syslogng — version 0.7.1 Jan 1st 2015

puppet syslogng

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The syslogng puppet module sets up and manages syslog-ng. This module supports syslog-ng versions > 3.4.

The idea is to use the rather complete scl configuration in the stepping-stone syslog-ng repo as a basic configuration while adding things that need machine specific configuration through puppet templates.

For the scope of this module I am defining completeness as follows:

  • manage installation of syslog-ng package (done)
  • built in support for a lot of logs (done)
  • manage source/destination setup with storeconfigs (syslog destination implemented, needs source and storeconfig setup)
  • good documentation (wip)

In the long run the syslogng puppet module aims to be the most complete syslog-ng puppet module available. Please consider joining the effort to help us get there.


For a simple solution just include the syslogng puppet module. This installs syslog-ng with a bare configuration. Only the syslog-ng and puppet-agent log messages get a logpath in this configuration.

  class { 'syslogng': }

Let's say you have some services that need logpaths. You can use the create_resources api on the main class to specify the logpaths you need. Logpaths usually consist of a log entry and its needed filters and destinations.

  class { 'syslogng':
    logpaths => {
      'syslog-ng' => {},
      'puppet-agent' => {},
      'radius' => {},

If you remove a logpath you need to do so manually.

  class { 'syslogng':
    logpaths => {
      'syslog-ng' => {},
      'puppet-agent' => {},
      'radius' => {
        ensure => absent,

If you want to show off all logpaths available in the syslogng puppet module, you would do that like so.

  class { 'syslogng':
    logpaths => {
      'acpid' => {},
      'amavis' => {},
      'anacron' => {},
      'asunder' => {},
      'atftpd' => {},
      'authdaemond' => {},
      'bluetoothd' => {},
      'clamd' => {},
      'crond' => {},
      'dbus' => {},
      'dhclient' => {},
      'dhcpcd' => {},
      'dhcpd' => {},
      'dovecot' => {},
      'fc-brokerd' => {},
      'freshclam' => {},
      'gnome-keyring-daemon' => {},
      'haproxy' => {},
      'haveged' => {},
      'imapd' => {},
      'laptop-mode' => {},
      'libvirtd' => {},
      'libvirt-hook' => {},
      'lightdm' => {},
      'mod_php' => {},
      'msmtp' => {},
      'NetworkManager' => {},
      'nslcd' => {},
      'ntpd' => {},
      'openerp-server' => {},
      'pdns' => {},
      'pdns_recursor' => {},
      'pgpool' => {},
      'php' => {},
      'php-fpm' => {}.
      'polkitd' => {},
      'pop3d' => {},
      'portage' => {},
      'postfix' => {},
      'postgres' => {},
      'provisioning' => {},
      'puppet-agent' => {},
      'puppet-master' => {},
      'pure-ftpd' => {},
      'racoon' => {},
      'radiusd' => {},
      'rsnapshot' => {},
      'saslauthd' => {},
      'slapd' => {},
      'snmptrapd' => {},
      'smartd' => {},
      'sshd' => {},
      'ssmtp' => {},
      'sst-firewall' => {},
      'stoney-cloud' => {},
      'stunnel' => {},
      'sudo' => {},
      'SuSEfirewall2' => {},
      'syslog-ng' => {},
      'tor' => {},
      'transmission-daemon' => {},
      'ucarp' => {},
      'ucarp-hook' => {},
      'ulogd' => {},
      'uwsgi' => {},
      'vm-manager' => {},
      'yum' => {},
      'zabbix-agentd' => {},
      'zabbix-proxy' => {},

There is no way to include all the available logpaths automatically. It was a conscious design decision not to implement that.

The proper way to do all this would be from an external node classifier.

Advanced Examples

Purge existing configuration

You can set the purge_conf_dir parameter to true to remove all existing configs from the syslog-ng configuration directory.

  class { 'syslogng':
    ensure         => present,
    purge_conf_dir => true,

Log to multiple remote destinations via the syslog protocol.

Note that the destinations and their logpaths need unique names. For the destinations the name is also the hostname or ip of the remote syslog server.

  class { 'syslogng':
    ensure => present,
    logpaths => {
     'syslog-ng' => {},
     'puppet-agent' => {},
    destinations => {
      '' => {
        type => 'syslog',
        logpaths => {
          'syslog-ng-a' => {
            logpath => 'syslog-ng'
          'puppet-agent-a' => {
            logpath => 'puppet-agent'
      '' => {
        type => 'syslog',
        logpaths => {
          'syslog-ng-b' => {
            logpath => 'syslog-ng'

With this setup Messages going the syslog-ng logpath will be logged to both servers as well as to the local file system. The puppet-agent logpath only goes to the first server and the local file system.

Integrating this module with other puppet modules

Let's say you just puppetized your latest and greatest software and would like to add some nice logpaths for your thing to the syslogng puppet module.

The right file to do this is, just mention that your module is supported by the syslogng puppet module. This keeps the logging and your modules concerns uncoupled and lets the end user decide on a logging solution. Great puppet solutions should be able to integrate with this on the node level.

You will want to add a nice configuration example to your docs. You might copy the radius example above and add a link to the syslogng puppet module.

If the syslogng puppet module does not yet have a default logpath for your service please consider adding one.

  • Fork stepping-stone/syslog-ng.
  • Create a pull request containing the config you need.
  • Fork the syslogng puppet module when your pull request went through.
  • While you are waiting for it to be accepted you might write some spec if you will be needing any changes to the syslogng puppet module.
  • Add a submodule update containing the latest stepping-stone/syslog-ng master to your pull request. Don't worry if the commit contains contents not related to your particular merge, that is considered ok.
  • Wait for review, merging and release.

You can refer to 016ddb1 and 5e33ec9 for some example merges.


Pull requests, issues and other feedback are very welcome!

Please submit proper pull requests and be prepared to get nagged if you don't write spec first. Travis will run the tests for you and indicate their results in the pull request. Please split your pull requests into multiple commits and demonstrate failing spec early.

I happily accept pull requests containing only spec and/or docs. If you found some exotic use cases that work nicely on your infrastructure please consider documenting them in some spec so future updates of this module don't introduce breakage.

The following commands come in handy when hacking this module.

  rake lint
  rake spec

The main development of this module happens in the puppet-syslogng github repository.

If you need to hack this module without source control or in anything except the official github source, you are strongly encouraged to join the efforts on github by submitting issues and through pull requests.

This project considers lacking or unclear documentation as bugs.


2012, Lucas S. Bickel, Alle Rechte vorbehalten

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